Fifth Annual Ghana School on Internet Governance Fellowship opens in Accra

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The Fifth Annual Ghana School on Internet Governance (GhanaSIG) Fellowship has finally  opened in Accra.

GhanaSIG is an annual Internet Governance capacity-building fellowship initiated and organized by the E-Governance and Internet Governance Foundation for Africa (EGIGFA).

The four-day event on the theme: “Celebrating Five Years of Making Drastic Impacts in Internet Governance”, is being attended by 47 participants drawn from Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, the Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Kenya and the United States.

The event is being organised by EGIGFA with support from Paradigm Initiative, Internet Governance Club, AFRINIC, ACDRO, OriginalMy, the Association of African Universities (AAU) and IOSCORP.ORG.

Mr Kenneth Adu-Amanfoh, Board Member EGIGFA and Internet Governance Expert, in his address noted that the Fifth Annual GhanaSIG marks a pivotal moment not just for GhanaSIG but also the nation’s journey towards digital empowerment and inclusive governance.

He said over the past five years, the GhanaSIG had been at the forefront of advancing knowledge and awareness in internet governance principles and practices.

He underscored that through its initiatives, it had empowered a new generation of leaders who were instrumental in navigating the complexities of the digital age.

Mr Adu-Amanfoh said the establishment of this School signified the Board and Management of EGIGFA’s commitment to cultivating a cadre of experts who would navigate these complexities with integrity and foresight.

Mr Adu-Amanfoh urged the participants to uphold the values of transparency, accountability, and respect for human rights in their digital endeavors

Mr Raymond Selorm Mamattah, Founder and President of EGIGFA, said the EGIGFA team aimed to use the GhanaSIG Fellowship to allow Ghanaians and other stakeholder group to gain the necessary knowledge, confidence and skills to participate in Internet Governance processes at the national, regional and global levels.

Touching on Ghana’s December 7 general election, Mr Mamattah appealed to stakeholders, especially the Government, to ensure that the internet would not be shut down because of the election.

Professor Frederick Ato Armah, Director of Research and Programmes, AUU, said the AAU was happy to be a partner of the event, and that they were convinced that the meeting would be a harbinger of greater things to come – mutually beneficial partnership and indeed, long standing collaborations between their respective institutions.

Source: myghanadaily


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