The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu Ekuful has revealed that extant research estimates the value of the global digital economy to be US$11.5 trillion, equivalent to 15.5% of the global GDP.
She revealed this at the 14th ITU Kaleidoscope Conference in Accra.
Ursula Owusu said, “We all are aware and agree on the enormous potential impact of XR on the global economy.”
“A recent PwC report finds that VR and AR have the potential to deliver a US$1.5 trillion boost to the global economy by 2030, and we need to be part of this innovation. We need to be active participants in the innovative ecosystem. We do have the talent to create and engage and utilise their skills for the benefit of them as individuals and the nation”.
According to her, “What used to be fiction is now becoming reality. It is amazing how we can use these emerging technologies to enhance our socioeconomic advances today. Immersing technologies remains a need and are not as widespread as they could be even in advanced side.”
In similar news, she has disclosed that over 8 million unregistered SIM Cards have been blocked emerging the rollout of punitive measures by the Ministry of communication and Digitalisation and the National Communications Authority (NCA).
“Those who have linked their sim cards to Ghana cards in the first phase of the registration exercise but have not gone on to conclude the registration exercise by doing biometric capture face are those sims have been blocked, they are about 8 million of those and I find it strange to think some are indicating that all those 8 million Ghana cards are missing, it’s not possible.
All those 8 million Ghana cards are faulty is not possible. so let’s see exactly what the issues are, those who have not done so despite the reminders services have been blocked, will be assisted to complete the process if it so require, if they do not, you can not compel them to but it is important that we do this because without the security of our digital devices we are all at risk”.
“The fraudsters and criminals out there who are using the anonymity of the Internet and cyberspace to defraud others and we need to ensure that no one can hide behind anonymity and engage in anti-social activities. This is the part of cyber security we are impacting and it is for our security”, she explained.
She, therefore, urged the citizenry to collaborate with the government to build a digital economy that we all can be proud of.