Ghana Domain Name Registry Gets Board of Directors

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Ghana’s Domain Name Registry had its first-ever Board of Directors on Thursday tasked with creating strong and affordable domain names for the country.

The Ghana Domain Name Registry (GDNR) was established under the Electronic Transactions Act 2008 and is mandated to, among other things, administer and manage the domain name space (Internet) of the countries, to comply with international best practices in the administration of “.gh”. domain name space license” and regulate the respective registries.

The nine-member board is chaired by Dr. Nana Yaa Tina Owusu-Prempeh, with members including Nana Kofi Asafu-Aidoo, Executive Director of GDNR; Mr. Andrew Ayitey Okoe Bulley, appointed by the Minister, and Dr. Francis Boateng Agyenim, Center for Scientific and Industrial Research.

The others are ACP Vance Baba Gariba, representative of the Ministry of Interior, Mr. Lucas Yikimpa Chigabatia, representative of public universities, Professor Daniel Obeng-Ofori, representative of private universities, and Mr. Isaac Teye Ayiku and Madame Estelle Akofio- Sowah, both representatives of the Industry Forum.

Ms. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communication and Digitization, who swore in the council members, said the appointment of a board for the registry was a crucial step in the history of names. domain of Ghana.

She said having a country-specific domain was not only a source of national pride, but also an essential resource for individuals and businesses to build customer confidence and predictability.

The minister said that a country-specific domain would have a strong and positive impact on the development of the Internet in the country, adding that it would also strengthen cybersecurity and make it possible to own, use and control one’s own data. from the country.

“It is therefore high time that individuals and corporate entities in Ghana use the .gh domain and reap the benefits associated with country-specific domains, including better visibility through the internet through the various search engines,” he said. she declared.

It became operational in 2017 but had no functioning board since then.

Ms. Owusu-Ekuful said the registry was a crucial resource for the country as the transfer of individuals to digital platforms was part of the digital economy.

“I must stress that the work of GDNR in managing .gh domain names is vital to the government’s digitization agenda since local domain names are an essential part of the local internet,” she said. .

“This will enable individuals, governments and commercial institutions to take full advantage of the many benefits that the Internet brings, accelerating the growth of the economy in general.”

Therefore, the Minister urged Board members to use their diverse backgrounds, skills and expertise to carefully navigate the re-delegation process to ensure its success.

She tasked them with ensuring the completion of the re-delegation process as well as strengthening the basic infrastructure of the Registry to ensure the resilience of the system to fully discharge its mandate.

“This is of the utmost importance, as previously stated, as all other activities of GDNR depend on it,” she added.

Dr. Tina Owusu-Prempeh, the President, welcomed the challenge and assured the Minister of the willingness of members to implement policies and programs that would not only generate revenue but also build a strong domain name for the country.

The minister also inaugurated the board of directors of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).

The nine-member board, chaired by Mr. Kwabena Addo Atuah, includes Mr. Richard Edmund Okyere-Fosu, Managing Director, NITA; Mr. Gerard Nana Kwakwa Osei-Tutu from the National Security Council, and Mr. Issah Yahaya, ICT expert, as members.

The others are Ms. Matilda Acheampong Wilson, Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako and Ms. Sheila Minkah-Premo, the presidential nominees; Madame Ama Pomaa Boateng, the nominee from the ministry, while the industry has yet to nominate a member.

Source: GNA

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