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Ghana's domain boards have been inaugurated by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).

The National Information Technology Agency (NITA) will begin registering all IT experts and operators working in the country's IT industry in January 2022.

The action is part of the agency's commitment to enforcing standards, monitoring, and compliance, as well as ensuring professional and organizational certification in Ghana's IT industry.

Mrs. Ursula G. Owusu Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, hinted to this when she inaugurated the NITA board of trustees on Wednesday (Sept 22).

The event was also utilized to install the members of the Ghana Domain Name Registry's governing board.

Mrs. Owusu Ekuful explained that the decision to register IT operators came after a stakeholder meeting in October 2020.

Moreover Dr. Kwabena Addo Atuah chairs the NITA board, which also includes Mr. Richard Edmund Okyere-Fosu, a representative of the National Security Council, Mr. Gerard Nana Kwakwa Osei-Tutu, and Mr. Issah Yahaya, a former Chief Director of the Ministry of Communications.

Mrs. Mauida A. S. Acheampong Wilson, Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, Ms. Sheila Y. N. Minkah-Premo, and a representative from the Ministry of Communications, Ms. Ama Pomaa Boateng, are also on the board.

There has yet to be a nomination for a representative from the industry.

The Electronic Transactions Regulator of Ghana was founded in 2008 by the NITA Act, Act 771, and supported by the Electronic Transactions Act (772) as the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation's ICT policy implementing arm.

It is also in charge of enforcing Ghana's IT policies and regulating all electronic transactions under the law.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful also stated that NITA had created seven standards documents to aid in the improvement of IT operations within the ecosystem via rules and procedures.

The minister also tasked the new board with expanding the National Data Centre's storage capacity and enhancing government cloud infrastructure.

Mr. Richard Okyere-Fosu, NITA's Director General, accepted the challenge to provide the agency with the requisite strategic focus on behalf of the board chairman who was unable to attend.

Dr. Nanayaa Tina Owusu-Prempeh chairs the GDNR board, which also includes the GDNR's Executive Director, Nana Kofi Asafu-Aidoo, Mr. Andrew Ayitey Okoe Bulley, a representative from the CSIR, Dr. Francis Boateng Agyenim, and a representative from the Ministry of Interior, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr. Vance Baba Gariba

Mr. Lucas Yikimpa Chigabatia, a representative of public universities, and Prof. Daniels Obeng-Obeng, a representative of private universities, have also been appointed to the board.

Further more In 2017, the GDNR became operating.

The GDNR is responsible for administering and managing the country's domain name space, as stipulated by the Electronic Transactions Act of 2008.

It also includes licensing and regulating registries, as well as adhering to international best practices in the management of domain name space.

On behalf of the members of the board, Dr. Nanayaa Tina Owusu-Prempeh expressed gratitude to the president for his trust in them.

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