Nigeria and Ghana are among the African countries demonstrating their desire to invest in the development of Internet-related technologies. Not surprisingly, these two nations are the protagonists leading the way in agreements in Africa between sovereign states for mutual cooperation in the development of ICT.
A new development model
The agreement by which Ghana and Nigeria decided to join forces to grow their ICT sector was greeted very favourably by experts and industry insiders. It appears, in fact, to be a prime, upstanding example of transnational cooperation in a strategic sector for the development of Africa in information and communication technology.
The partnership, signed in Accra by the Nigerian National Information Technology Development Agency and the Ghanaian National Information Technology Agency, aims to establish a synergy between the two countries based on the sharing of expertise and joint investments. There are various fields of action including cybersecurity, IT entrepreneurship, incentives for start-ups and smart city.
Nigeria and Ghana, successful case histories
Nigeria and Ghana are now two of the most advanced African countries in terms of access to the Internet and the dissemination of mobile devices. Nigeria in particular boasts over 90 million inhabitants connected to the Internet thanks to smartphones, with an annual growth rate of 13%. And in the near future, it aims to reach 30% in the broadband rate of penetration. Less impressive but yet still important are the numbers for Ghana, which in recent months has become the main player for numerous digitalisation projects, particularly in terms of the development of fibre optics.
The satisfaction of the authorities
“It is important that neighbouring states develop common goals and strategies” stated Vincent Olatunji, Director General of the NITDA, expressing his satisfaction with the agreement. “We consider this partnership essential to our economic growth” emphasised George Atta-Boateng, CEO of NITA.