Kofi Attor, Administrator, GIFEC (in African attire) receiving the award at the just-ended International Telecommunications Unions’ Conference in Geneva, Switzerland from Dr Hamadoun I. Toure, General Secretary of the Union, while Houlin Zhao (left) Deputy General Secretary of ITU looks on.
The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has won the Best Project Award for Information and Communication Infrastructure (ICT) for the year 2014.
At a ceremony held in Geneva, GIFEC and 17 other winners were presented with prizes in recognition of their outstanding contributions toward the implementation of the outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
More than 140 projects were nominated for the contest that saw more than 16 000 public votes.
The Rural Telephony Project, which won the award, targets deprived communities in Ghana with population of less than 2000.
Launched in 2010 to extend mobile communication signals to unserved rural communities, as well as to enhance customer experience of quality of service in
underserved communities, the project seeks to establish a total of 150 rural telephony sites by the end of 2015, among others.
The project also intends to sensitize rural communities on available services and benefits of data connectivity.
It is also to provide access to affordable data-enabled mobile handsets.
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