Technology Transformation Seminars and Stakeholder Meetings
The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT regularly holds Technology Transformation Seminars (TTS') and Stakeholder Meetings. These seminars and meetings are geared towards accelerating the achievement of the Centre's goals of providing a dynamic environment for innovation, teaching and learning as well as practical research on the application of ICT4D in Africa.
An integral part of the development ICT in the ECOWAS region and, the learning and application of new knowledge, thereby bridging the knowledge gap and the participation of stakeholders. To this end, the TTS' are aimed at bringing innovation and emerging issues in ICT to the knowledge of the public and interest groups. The purpose of the Stakeholder meetings is to deliberate on issues of common concern to individuals, public and private organisations in the ICT sector as well as allied organisations outside the sector who also have interest in the industry. These issues may include current or emerging ICT-related developments. At these meetings stakeholders identify and discuss current challenges, key barriers to progress, opportunities for development, and work to consolidate these discussions and ideas into concrete strategy for supporting training, research, innovation and development in ICT.
Business Stakeholder Meetings
The Business Stakeholder Meetings are smaller groups focused and building budding IT businesses and start-ups. At such meetings, seasoned entrepreneurs, CEO's and acclaimed trailblazers in the industry share their experiences and have the opportunity to mentor young and growing businesses. There are also opportunities for pitching and networking. This is a demonstration of the power of private, public and voluntary sector collaboration and the Centre places a strong emphasis on building networks and developing mutually beneficial partnerships.
Key stakeholders including Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA's) Metropolitan Authorities, Municipalities, Districts and Assemblies (MMDA's), Educational and Research Institutions, Firms in the Technology sector, Ghanaian Industries, policy makers, the media, other like-minded organisations who share in the common vision are represented at such meetings. Stakeholder meetings give all of those with an interest in the Centre's projects. The meetings are typically targeted at the most influential stakeholders, such as shareholders, executives or partnering companies. Meetings for different types of stakeholders are held at different times. Meetings are often educational and informational, covering general and specific ICT issues.
On-going Consultation with stakeholders
Stakeholders continue to be informed of progress with various projects, through documents, progress reports and mails, as members are asked for their inputs on an ongoing basis. All partners and interested parties on the distribution list receive a personalised letter to report on progress to date, to thank those who commented, and to outline the next steps in the process. Stakeholders are invited to participate in the process by contributing at meetings and workshops, or by corresponding with the Business Development Unit or the project / technical team to ensure stakeholders eventually take ownership of the implementation of the strategies. In this regard an integrated stakeholder engagement process is implemented.