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General News of Saturday, 18 October 2003

Source: Graphic

Applications for visas, passports ... Via Internet

Applications for visas, passports, press accreditation and driving licenses, could be accessed through the Internet by the end of the year, Information Minister, Nana Akomea has stated. He said the move was part of government’s nation-wide plan to develop the Information and Communication Technology in the running of its machinery.

Nana Akomea said this when he launched the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), an ICT provider in Accra on Thursday.

He said the ICT had the capacity to assist in the development process and it was against this backdrop that the government, with the support of IICD, international partners of GINKS had set up the Ghana Government website. He said the website was earmarked to provide information on all aspects of government and make it available to anyone anywhere.

Mr Yoku Korsah, chairman of GINKS, expressed concern about the way ICT professionals refuse to share lessons and research to enhance their profession. He called on ICT professionals to develop programmes and software to suit the peculiar developmental needs of less privileged communities and groups.

He said as its contribution to the national development agenda, his outfit, in collaboration with the Sekondi Library, had launched a pilot knowledge centre to improve access to relevant information by members of the community. He noted that GINKS was developing a programme with medical professionals to see how best to utilise ICT for continuing professional education.

Professor Daniel Adzei-Bekoe, a member of the Council of State, who chaired the ceremony called on ICT managers to include local contents in their programme adding that “what we want should relate to our circumstances.”