The President, John Dramani Mahama, has opened the Accra Digital Centre with the promise of generating some 10,000 jobs at full capacity for the country’s youth.
The Centre, will provide data for both private and public institutions across the country. It will also facilitate the consolidation and aggregation of all the Government’s key ICT infrastructure in secure, highly available and resilient facilities.
The president said, the launch of the project highlights the giant strides made in the ICT sector and the huge prospects to providing jobs for the youth in the ICT enabled society.
“This is what I mean when I say we are changing lives and transforming Ghana,” he said to a rapturous applause and smiling faces of ministers, government appointees and some members of the general public, during the inauguration of the Accra Digital Centre on Wednesday.
The president said, the starting point of creating jobs is to create a stable economic environment, something his government has been able to do in the 2016 financial year.
He said from a crippling budget deficit of 12 percent in 2012, the government, has been able to reduce that deficit to some 6 percent in 2016.
President Mahama, added that the resolution of the power sector challenges, has also created a congenial environment for companies to plan well, which has impacted positively on the country’s currency.
He said, Ghana’s cedi is now one of the best performing currencies in West Africa.
“Stabilising the economy of the country will see accelerated growth of some 8 per cent next year,” he promised, adding, last week Ghana was adjudged the best place to do business in West Africa better than Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire.
“Ghana is rising,” he stated, assuring unemployed youth, not to despair, but remain confident that he will remain the champion of job creation in the country in the coming year.
He said, some 69 companies have so far registered and set up in the free zones with the prospects of creating employment for the teeming unemployed youth.
The president took the opportunity to launch “digital jobs for digital youth,” a vehicle he said, would create more jobs for youth in the ICT sector.
President Mahama, projected that Ghana`s economy would grow by eight percent right after the elections as a result of the sound economic policies his National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration has put in place.
Government, he said, has reduced the budget deficit and worked to resolve the challenging power crisis.
“As we speak, the budget deficit has been cut from almost 12 per cent in 2012 to 6.9 per cent in 2015 and it is expected to level below 4.9 per cent by the end of this year. The resolution of the power sector challenges encountered this year in the early part of my administration, has also provided the basis for further improvement in the economic environment as businesses, cannot be guaranteed access to stable, reliable power,” Mahama said.
The President said he was hopeful that the country will return to the path of accelerated economic growth from next year.
“After stabilising the economy, we expect the country to return to the path of economic growth starting from next year. And all indications are that, this economy will grow by above 8 per cent next year and continue to posit high growth rates in the years ahead,” he added.
He noted that there were several indications that Ghana would see improved economic growth in the coming years, especially as the country was recently voted the best place to do business in West Africa and moved thirteen places up on the global index on ease of doing business.