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GIFEC Graduates over 4,300 Individuals in Digital Skills Training Project

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The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) has successfully graduated 4,335 individuals from its Digital Transformation Centres Project. The project, which targets women entrepreneurs and the youth, aims to equip them with basic ICT knowledge and tech-based platforms that will aid their development in the growing digital environment.

Supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, the three-year project has a target of approximately 14,000 beneficiaries. Mr. Prince Ofosu Sefa, CEO of GIFEC, announced that the program will enroll its last batch, which is expected to increase the number of beneficiaries to over 17,000.

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At the national climax of the project, which took place at the Ho Digital Transformation Centre, Mr. Ofosu Sefa commended partners and stakeholders, including international IT organisation Cisco, for the success of the initiative. He emphasized that the beneficiaries were trained in Cisco-certified basic and intermediate ICT courses and were encouraged to use the skills acquired in transforming themselves and society.

For the most part, the beneficiaries shared stories of the training impact. Some expressed appreciation for the knowledge acquired in cybersecurity, while others were inspired to explore new entrepreneurial pathways.

Mr. Alex Boamah of the International Telecommunications Union, a major partner in the project, revealed that the beneficiaries had been equipped with digital entrepreneurship skills and could utilize social media and other web-based platforms to explore opportunities within the expansive world market.

Mrs. Cynthia Mamle Morrison, Member of Parliament and Chairperson of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communication, called on young industrialists to consider working as groups and cooperatives, emphasizing that strength in numbers helped survive a complex and dynamic modern marketplace.

In conclusion, the Digital Transformation Centres Project is a critical component of economic transformation and growth. The graduates should be able to use the skills and tech acquired to bring meaningful change in their communities. With the government’s total digitization agenda, the program is designed to address the skills gap and prepare the youth for the digital age.

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