GE Supports Ghana’s Push for Digitisation

Having worked with Ghana over a number of years, the company hosted Ghana's VP on his visit to Silicon Valley, as he sought to explore and develop strategic insights and partnerships.

Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia with the GE Digital team on a tour of the company’s San Ramon facility (Source: GE)

With the awareness that digitisation and independence from external aid is only achievable with greater proactive plans across all sectors, Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, expressed plans to collaborate with global technology giants, as a means of accelerating the country’s economic growth through digital strategies.

Leading the project, the VP visited Silicon Valley, where he was accompanied by successful tech companies such as GE.

Support from companies ingrained with digital innovations is vital, and Ghana’s vision of a thriving nation with a healthy economy is one that is shared with other companies.

GE, a global leading digital industrial company, offered this support. The company presented an overview of its products in the following areas: power, oil & gas, and Predix (GE’s cloud-based platform that aids data management and predictive analysis of industrial assets and processes). GE recognises that Ghana and the continent as a whole must utilise technology for continual growth.

Expressing his views about Ghana’s project and the company’s aims at the event, Sulemana Abubakar, Chief Information Officer of GE Africa, said: “We are proud to have been amongst the technology giants who hosted the Vice President of Ghana and his team in Silicon Valley.” He added that GE is dedicated to seeing sustainable development in Africa, and provided details about the ways in which GE is working towards this goal. The company provides solutions which enhances business processes, thereby strengthening asset performance at a low cost.

Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia with Chief Information Officer, GE Africa, Sulemana Abubakar (Source: GE)

Ghana is in the process of reviewing numerous guidelines, which manage the information communication technology sector. The government sees that greater utilisation of talent and current startups is needed for investing in ICT to attain maximal growth.

“We are trying to build a new, efficient Ghana. The world is continually evolving, and this evolution is led by cutting edge technology. We know there are many talented young men and women in the ICT space, and government is looking at ways to make innovating and actualising promising ideas easier,” said Dr. Bawumia.

GE has worked with Ghana over a number of years, helping the country’s economic development through improving power infrastructure, healthcare and transport. A particularly successful project was the establishment of Atuabo Waste Gas to Power, which uses flare gas as a source of fuel.

Currently, the company is discussing plans for Ghana’s digital projects with the government. Powered by Predix, the company develops software to design, create, operate and oversee an asset’s lifecycle. Their strategy enables businesses in Ghana and other countries to work quicker, smarter and more productively.

Ghana’s digital project is an important step towards improving the country’s economic growth, offering opportunities for native companies, and connecting Ghana with global businesses.

Socially and fiscally, the project is a promising start for a better future.