Dr Collins Yeboah-Afari, the Director-General for the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (GI-KACE) has urged Ghanaians to support government on standardization and regulation of Extended Reality (XR) Technologies in Ghana.
Dr Yeboah-Afari who was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 14th International Telecommunications Union (ITU)Kaleidoscope Academic Conference 2022, stated that once the standardization and regulation of XR are implement, it will help boost the boost quality of experience and interoperability.
The ITU Kaleidoscope Conference under the theme “Extended reality –How to boost quality of experience and interoperability” triggered conversations around Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies. This is the first time the ITU Kaleidoscope Conference is being held in West Africa.
“As a country, we are now at a crossroads where we should all rally support for standardization on XR. From what we have all witnessed at this conference, we have to make it our individual responsibility to support government on standardization and regulation,” he said.
He urged all the industry players to continue the conversation around XR technologies at the policy level to ensure that Ghana benefits from it.
“It is heart-warming to note that the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation (MoCD) has developed Ghana’s Digital Policy which will provide the framework for legislation on the country’s digital transformation agenda and clearly define digital policy and strategy.”
“With the draft Digital policy revolving around Digital Government, Data and emerging technologies, Digital Skills, Universal Access and Connectivity and Digital Entrepreneurship, we look forward to inclusiveness and comprehensiveness. The Ghana Digital Policy is expected to enhance growth of the sector and also improve interoperability, standardization, security, privacy and quality of experiences, “he added.
Chaesub Lee, Director of Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at ITU in his address commended GI-KACE, the ITU Kaleidoscope team and the local organizing team, and the National Communications Authority (NCA) for their collaborative effort to put together the conference.