MFWA COMMENDS GIFEC FOR ICT EXPANSION IN RURAL GHANA

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has commended the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) for the deployment of ICT infrastructure to unserved and underserved communities which is increasingly bridging the digital gap between urban and rural Ghana.

The commendation was made when the MFWA paid a courtesy call on the Chief Executive Officer of GIFEC and his team to learn more about the activities of GIFEC and discuss possibilities of the MFWA complementing the work of GIFEC.

Welcoming the MFWA team, the Chief Executive Officer of GIFEC, Honourable Kofi Attor, highlighted some of the major activities his outfit has been engaged in over the years.

The Executive Director of the MFWA, Sulemana Braimah, on his part praised GIFEC for its work which has gained international recognition and earned the outfit the World Summit on Internet Society (WSIS) Award in Geneva this year. He also discussed MFWA’s work on digital rights and internet freedom advocacy in Ghana and the rest of West Africa.

The two organizations also discussed possibilities of working together to ensure that communities in which GIFEC has deployed ICT infrastructure are empowered to use the internet and social media platforms to contribute to governance processes in their respective districts.

The MFWA has for the past year, been engaged in digital rights and internet freedom advocacy and engagements locally (in Ghana), regionally (Africa) and internationally. The MFWA has set up an NGO Coalition on internet freedom in Ghana and is collaborating with key stakeholders to work on online freedom.

The MFWA is also part of the initiators and working group of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms which was recently launched at the 9th IGF in Turkey and at Highway Africa.

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