Ghana's government has reached an agreement with Google, an international technology giant, to include the country's GPS address in its mapping system, according to Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
After a technical review by Google, the agreement was made to certify Ghana's addressing system.
Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, revealed this at the opening of the YouthConnekt Africa Summit in Accra, saying the government is leveraging technology to solve many of the country's problems.
"We've been working with Google since last year, and we've now gotten an agreement because they need to go through technical processes to analyze our GPS digital system, so we'll be able to incorporate our digital address system into Google Maps by the end of the year." So that people in Ghana can use them," he explained.
"From there, we moved on to the issue of so many individuals, particularly a large number of young people, not having bank accounts and thus being excluded from the financial system," he added.
At the same event, Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant Secretary General and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, emphasized the necessity for African governments to implement youth-centered policies in order to combat the continent's growing poverty.
"Poverty is on the rise in general, and extreme poverty in particular is at dangerously high levels. This is a trend that has been exacerbated by the Covid 19 pandemic, but it still reveals the flaws in development models that do not emphasize service delivery, inclusivity, or the best use of Africa's resources for its development.”
"The spotlight on Covid-19 should inaugurate in a new era of action on Africa's Beyond Aid Agenda," she said.
YouthConnekt Africa is a Pan-African program developed by the African Union to co-design and expedite relevant solutions for youth socio-economic development, as well as to encourage intergovernmental knowledge sharing on policy, programs, and partnerships.
The Youth Connekt Africa Summit in 2021 will be the first large-scale continental gathering devoted solely to bringing stakeholders together to address the most pressing youth development needs in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has devastated not only Africa but also its thriving economies.
The 2021 YouthConnekt Africa Summit, hosted by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is titled "Africa Beyond Aid: Positioning the Youth for Post-COVID Economy and AfCFTA Opportunities."
Key concerns facing youth employment on the continent will be discussed at the event.
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