Bawumia discusses digitalization with officials from Tony Blair Institute

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has met officials from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and Oracle Technologies.

They discussed various opportunities that are available to leverage on Ghana’s leadership role in digitalization.

In a Facebook post after the meeting on Wednesday April 27, he said “Yesterday, I received at the Jubilee House, a team from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) and Oracle Technologies led by Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister, to discuss opportunities for leveraging Ghana’s leadership role in digitalization on the African continent to maximize benefits for citizens, local technology firms and businesses.

“I noted that Ghana is now set to move on to the next phase of digitalization with our commitment to build on the current digital platforms and use data analytics and artificial intelligence to provide life-impacting solutions for the ordinary Ghanaian.

“We are determined that Ghana will not miss out on the fourth industrial revolution.”

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has been championing the digitalization agenda as part of efforts to boots the local economy.

At a recent public lecturer he delivered,Dr Bawumia said,“Easily one of the most depressing visits I have paid to a government office during my time as Vice President was to the Births and Deaths Registry headquarters. There clearly was insufficient investment in the institution. It was messy and it was sad. 

“It turned out that the Births and Deaths Registry had three separate databases as registers for births and deaths and these databases were in silos. It is not surprising therefore that corruption and fake birth certificates thrived in this environment.

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“Thankfully, the process of digitization of the records is almost complete and the three databases have been cleaned up and integrated. Furthermore, we are integrating the births and deaths register with the databases of Ghana Health Service, National Identification Authority, Ghana Statistical Service, Immigration and the Police so that the record of births and deaths should be consistent across all these databases.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana