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News, 6/1/2018
Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland Anne Berner and Minister of Communications of Ghana Ursula Owusu-Ekuful
Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland Anne Berner and Minister of Communications of Ghana Ursula Owusu-Ekuful signing a Memorandum of Understanding

The Minister of Transport and Communication of Finland and the Minister of Communication of Ghana signed in Helsinki a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Information and Communications Technologies. The document identifies areas of common interest ranging from multimedia and software applications to electronic commerce and broadband networks. It makes reference to encouraging investment and technology partnerships, commercial and industrial exchanges, and business partnerships, as well as promoting educational and learning exchanges, and facilitating joint programmes and seminars.

The Minister of Communication of Ghana Ursula Owusu-Ekuful who was on a two-day visit to Finland on 24-25 May, on Friday in Helsinki held bilateral discussions with her Finnish counterpart, Minister of Transport and Communication Anne Berner. The two Ministers focused on cooperation possibilities in various areas, and agreed that in a digitalized environment connectivity is of the essence. Minister Owusu-Ekuful also met in Finland the funding agencies Finnvera and Finnfund, and discussed with them possible cooperation with Ghana in the areas of ICT and digitalization.

At Nokia Headquarters in Espoo where Minister Owusu-Ekuful was welcomed by Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa, she was introduced to Nokia technologies and latest innovations in the field of communication technology, digitalization and safe cities, at the company's Executive Experience Centre. The Minister was accompanied in Finland by David Gyewu, Director General of the National Information Technology Agency of Ghana.

The Ambassador of Finland to Ghana who was in Helsinki as part of the programme, stated that the discussions and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding demonstrated the excellent relations between Finland and Ghana, as well as highlighting the many more cooperation possibilities that could still be tapped into.

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Updated 6/1/2018

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