Silicon Valley for Ghana Launched

Silicon Valley for Ghana Launched

Dr Thomas Owusu Mensah, a Ghanaian-American fibre optics inventor has said the Silicon Valley of Ghana will create business accelerators and incubators that can 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 watch.

In an interview with BUSINESS.COM.GH, 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 included Ghanaian expatriates in the diaspora who are desirous in the technological advancement 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 Kyeremanteng (Minister Trade and Industry). Mrs Cecilia Dapaah (Minister for Aviation); Mr. Osafo Marfo (Senior Minister); Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful (Minister for Communications); Fernando Hernandez (Microsoft); Robert Bobby Satcher (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’ he said.

The legendary inventor indicated that GI-KACE will be the pivot around which the Silicon Valley of Ghana will revolve, and serves as the link for both the universities and research institutions in Ghana with industrial corporations, advanced research centers’ and other Tech giants.’

The innovation and competency centres which will link up with the GI-KACE, according to Dr Mensah, included 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’ will work with industries and academia to create ICT 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 to working hand-in-hand with GI-KACE to manufacture products and services essential in driving internet of things such as drones, smartphones, as well as telemedicine and transportation.

Dr Mensah, who created the Silicon Valley of the South in the USA, said he will 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.

  • Richard Addai
    Posted at 21:25h, 22 January Reply

    Big thanks to Dr Thomas Mensah and his team for making this possible. Big brain. Ghana talking serious things. as a fellow Ghanaian, i am very happy and hope our youth will take advantage of this tech revolution of out time and hope some day they can make Ghana great.

  • Hussein Ayishetu
    Posted at 16:12h, 09 March Reply

    This is a very good initiative (Dr. Thomas Mensah ), this is a platform that will strongly advance Ghana’s Science and Technology and serve as a hub for Innovation.

  • Edmund Ashley
    Posted at 18:17h, 12 March Reply

    I’m impressed with this initiative and I’d be glad to see it take effect as as soon as possible so we will reaslise there are equally powerful brains like Dr. Thomas Mensah in Ghana And Africa. This will also give chance to young Engineers who’s hopes have dimished because of the very bad structure we have in Ghana. I’m a young Biomedical Engineer who has soo much interest in anything Engineering and technology. I hope this goes a long way helping the likes of myself and others realise their dreams in this space.
    Thanks a lot Dr. Mensah and all others who helped this noble initiative.

    Posted at 23:01h, 18 April Reply

    I trust Dr. Thomas’ vision, it’s reliable and achievable by all standard. If there would be a training school for young-adult and many other categories of persons, please inform us to bring our wards to acquire some important skills from you. Sir.

  • Sam s
    Posted at 02:35h, 19 April Reply

    Dr Mensah congratulations to you and your team. My prayers are with you to succeed

  • ken Ayitiah
    Posted at 15:56h, 19 April Reply

    Very inspiring. Ghana must succeed. This is the way to go.

  • Kporxah Wisdom Mawuli
    Posted at 15:56h, 21 April Reply

    Welcome home, we are also ready for you. We want to use our minds

  • eric asamoah
    Posted at 06:45h, 22 April Reply

    well done sir, you are the kind of people we meed to move Ghana forward in this 21st century.

  • Philip Arthur
    Posted at 19:43h, 22 April Reply

    Dr. Mensah is walking the talk and I am proud of him as a fellow citizen. I am looking forward to the days when Ghana will be selling its technological products to the western world and other places just like India. All things are possible when we set our minds to it. I am particularly glad we have a government who is ready to support this.

  • Bright Mensah Lumor
    Posted at 10:47h, 25 April Reply

    I fully support your development strategy, Dr Thomas Mensah. Never give up!

  • Benjamin Abrahams
    Posted at 16:24h, 24 June Reply

    I appreciate Dr Menash , Ghana we Sincerely need to implement Dr
    Mensahs 7 years plans like J F Kenney did for America

    • siliconvalleyghana
      Posted at 14:05h, 29 June Reply

      We pray government and the governments to come to help us to implement it for Ghana

  • Matthew Kofi Eghan
    Posted at 09:09h, 25 June Reply

    Dr. Thomas Mensah is Ghana and Africa’s God incarnate after Osagyfo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. I pray that the government of Nana Akufo Addo as soon as possible start implement his plans that is on the table now regardless of the cost involve. I am pleading with the radio and television stations to minimize discussions on politics, football and other unproductive issues, rather highlight Doctor’s vision.

    Posted at 16:36h, 25 June Reply

    What we should ask and say is ‘ how can we contribute to this vision’?’ How can the everyday person contribute to this vision and take ownership? When we do then we can become a true progressive success. 👍🏾🙏🏾

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