A two-day inaugural Ghana Hubs Annual Gathering (GHAG 2018) to help explore critical questions on technological hubs sustainability and resilience has ended in Accra.
The event, which brought together all hubs including Community Innovation Space, Technology Hubs, Business Development Hubs, Social Innovation Centre from the Northern and the Southern sectors was to help focus on networking.
Mr Jorge Appiah, the Chairman for the Ghana Technology and Business Hubs Network, speaking at the event said the annual gathering brought together hubs and stakeholders for close engagement and discussions on the role and work of hubs in the socio-economic development of the country.
He said it was also to see their role in the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation to help achieve economic growth and sustainable development.
“We continue to create opportunities for liked-minded people to meet and share ideas while fostering global conversation,” he added. Mr Appiah said organisers remained enthusiastic about engaging with inspirers, innovators, doers and thinkers, who were actively pushing the boundaries of tomorrow.
Mr John Kumah, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) said innovation and technological hubs has become very critical partners in the implementation of the plan.He commended the players in the hubs development space for their innovative ideas that create jobs and also solve some of the country’s challenges.
He said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was committed in supporting activities and operations of entrepreneurs and innovation hubs, enhance the setup of Tech Innovation Hub at Accra Digital Centre.
He urged them to continue to develop and push any idea that they seems viable for business to contribute to the development of the country and government was committed to support the hubs industry.
Mr Burkhardt Hellemann, Resident Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) called on the innovation hubs to decentralise its operations to the rural areas.
“The hubs can do effectively well in contributing to the socio-economic development of the economy, when they decentralise and improve on their networking,” he said.
Mr Hellemann said governmental assistance was also needed with the right environment to operate in order to improve on their idea generation. He said the leadership of KAS are committed to support the players with technical assistance and advocacy for an effective networking.