The new Administrator for Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) Mr. Abraham Kofi Asante has paid a courtesy call on the CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunication, Kwaku Sakyi Addo.
The visit was to officially introduce himself to the Chamber following his appointment to the office. Mr. Asante touched on the close relationship that exists between GIFEC and Telecoms Chamber and the chamber’s active participation in the GIFEC led community sensitization programs across the country over the past 5 years.
Mr Sakyi-Addo who used the occasion to wish Mr. Asante well in his new role and assured him of the Chamber’s preparedness to offer any help needed to assist him achieve GIFC’S mandate.
“We are available to help. If there is anything the Chamber can do to help you achieve your mandate, I am a phone call away,” he emphasized.
Before his new appointment Mr Abraham Asante was the Member of Parliament for Amenfi-West in the Western region and the Deputy Director of Energy Resources at the ECOWAS secretariat. He was administrator of GIFTEL before his resignation.
The mobile operators contribute 1% of their top line annual revenue to fund GIFEC’s operations. In 2016, these contributions were about GH35m.
As part of the Ghana Information and Communication Technology for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD), the Government of Ghana in July 2004, set up Ghana Investment Fund for Telecommunications (GIFTEL) as an agency of the Ministry of Communications to facilitate the provision of universal access to basic telephony by the unserved and underserved communities in the country. The Electronic Communications Act 775 promulgated in 2008, gave the legal backing to the agency (which started operations in January 2005), changed the agency’s name to the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) and widened the scope of its mandate to include the provision of access to electronic services including ICT, broadcasting, internet, multimedia service and basic telephony, by the unserved and underserved communities in Ghana.