Ghana’s Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has officially launched the National Communications Authority (NCA) Five-Year Strategic Plan (2024-2028), aimed at making the Authority a more effective communications regulator.
A press release posted by the NCA noted that the five-year plan, launched on 16th January 2024 at the NCA Tower, was developed in accordance with Section 3(b) of the NCA Act, 2008 (Act 769). Section 3(b) aims to “formulate a strategic plan”, which in turn sets clear goals and measurable steps for the Authority.
During her keynote address, Hon. Owusu-Ekuful noted the necessity of the NCA’s regulatory work over the years and urged the Authority to remain vigilant in the face of emerging disruptive technologies and a rapidly changing technological landscape.
She commended the plan, noting that she was “impressed with the strategies aimed at flourishing and contributing to a globally competitive and rapidly changing environment.” Hon. Owusu-Ekuful futher added that strategies would “create the enabling environment for Ghanaian solutions to compete with other global solutions.”
Prof. Ezer Osei Yeboah-Boateng, Deputy Director-General for Technical Operations, shared highlights of the Strategic Plan during the launch. He outlined its four strategic pillars as:
Pillar 1 – Structure and reposition research, innovation, and process improvement throughout NCA to be abreast with industry development by 2028.
Pillar 2 – Build coordination and collaborative structures for enhanced engagement by 2028.
Pillar 3 – Develop and Empower human resource by 2028.
Pillar 4 – Optimise current resources, diversify and develop new areas of growth, including revenue.
Dr. Joe Anokye, the Director-General of the NCA, speaking at the launch, highlighted the fast-paced nature of the Electronic Communications Industry, and advocated innovational strategies to seize new opportunities and overcome challenges. He was confident, saying that “the Five-Year Strategic Plan marks a significant milestone on our path to innovation, growth, and a long-lasting impact.”
Okatakyie Ababio Boakye Danquah II, the Board Chairman of the NCA, also stated that the launch of the Strategic Plan reflects the vision set by the Board during its inauguration in 2021. He further urged stakeholders to collaborate to achieve the objectives of the plan by the end of 2028.