By Jerry Akornor

Minister of Communications and Digitisation Ursula Owusu Ekuful has attributed Twitter's decision to establish its African operations office in Ghana to the country's democratic credentials, conducive business environment, freedom of speech and expression.  

According to her,  the resolved by Twitter to set up its African office in Ghana is total vote of confidence in Ghana after the West African country chalked successes since democratic experiment. Ghana's transition from dictatorial regime to democratic governance has paved way for vocal, free and liberalised media referred to as the 'Fourth estate' of the realm and serving as a shining example to the West African sub region.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony of the Management Offices of the Central Digital Transmission Company (CDTC) in Accra, Ursula Owusu Ekuful said "Twitter's sitting up of office in Ghana is an absolute vote of confidence in our democratic gains and freedom of expression and the fact that we have peaceful business atmosphere. That's very positive. I think sometimes we are too hard on ourselves. But,  clearly,  it's how we practice democracy well and free speech that paved way for Twitter's choice of Ghana". 

Meanwhile, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has revealed that the telecommunications companies have been encouraged to share infrastructure between competitors by way of rentals. 

"If any network wants to operate at where there is existing infrastructure, you don't need to establish a new one. You rent it from a competitor to start your operations". 

On his part, General Manager of KNET  in-charge of Human Resource Oscar Nchor says the official commissioning of management offices of Central Digital Transmission Company is in accordance with government's agenda to scale up its digitisation drive.

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