BY ERICA ARTHUR
DR THOMAS Owusu Mensah, a Ghanaian-American fibre optics inventor, has said the Silicon Valley of Ghana will create business accelerators and incubators that could compete with tech-companies around the world.
According to Dr Mensah, who is spearheading the Silicon Valley of Ghana, the project will move Ghana into the 21st Century technological advancement and also support the high Speed Bullet Train that is being developed in Ghana under his supervision.
In an interview with the DAILY HERITAGE, he said “the Silicon Valley of Ghana is part of the efforts to bridge the technology gap in the country.The Silicon Valley of Ghana is under the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Science and Technology.”
The project, which was launched on Monday, January 15, 2018, at Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre, was also used to announce the members of the Board of Advisors to the Silicon Valley of Ghana.
The membership of the Board includes Ghanaian expatriates in the diaspora who are desirous of the technological advancement as part of the development of Ghana.
Dr Mensah, the founder and chairman of the Silicon Valley of Ghana, said the Board members include Dr Victor Lawrence (Stevens University); Dr Michael Ansah (VP Dell UK); Dr Isaiah Blankson (Hypersonic Expert, NASA); Prof. Obiri Danso (Vice Chancellor, KNUST); Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye (Vice Chancellor, UDS); Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, (Vice Chancellor, UCC); Dr Frimpong Boateng (Minister Science and Innovation), and Mr Alan Kyerematen (Minister of Trade and Industry).
The rest are Mrs Cecilia Dapaah (Minister for Aviation); Mr Osafo Maafo (Senior Minister); Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful (Minister for Communications); Fernando Hernandez (Microsoft); Robert Bobby Satcher (an astronaut), and Mr Kwasi Adu-Gyan, Director General of GI-KACE.
He said the GI-KACE was chosen as the venue for the launch because “it is packed with the brainpower to support the Silicon Valley of Ghana in bridging the technology gap of the country.”
The legendary inventor indicated that GI-KACE will be the pivot around which the Silicon Valley of Ghana will revolve, and serve as the link between both the universities and research institutions in Ghana with industrial corporations, advanced research centres and other technology giants.
The innovation and competency centres which will link up with the GI-KACE, according to Dr Mensah, include the University of Ghana, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Development Studies and the University of Cape Coast.
Dr Mensah said the innovation and competency centres would work with industries and academia to create Information and Communications Technology products and services in Ghana.
The venture, he said, would also include the development of telemedicine platform for Ghana, whereby physicians from Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, and Cape Coast University Hospital will use broadband technology to connect with doctors in Universities in the USA such as John Hopkins and Universities in England and Germany to look at complex medical diagnostics.
He pledged his readiness of working hand-in-hand with GI-KACE to manufacture products and services essential in driving internet concerning things such as drones, smart phones, as well as telemedicine and transportation.
Dr Mensah, who created the Silicon Valley of the South in the USA, said he would use the same methodology with the GI-KACE as the hub to link all the Universities and other higher technological institutions to develop advanced things just like they do in America.