Country Profile

How Ghana compares with other major African economies on ICT development.

 

Senegal

Cote d’Ivoire

Ghana

Nigeria

Kenya

Tanzania

S. Africa

Population

14.3 million

23.1 million

26.2 million

181.0 million

45.9 million

51.0 million

53.6 million

Area (sq km)

196,722

322,463

238,533

923,768

580,367

947,300

1.2 million

GDP (USD) PPP

$33.1 billion

$71.9 billion

$109.4 billion

$1.0 trillion

$134.7

$92.53

$683.1 billion

GDP Growth Rate

4.5%

8.5%

4.0%

7.0%

5.3%

7.2%

1.5%

Mobile Subscribers

14.4 million

22.1 million

30.4 million

138.9 Million

33.6 million

31.8 million

79.5 million

Mobile Subscription Rate

98.8%

106.3%

114.8%

77.8%

73.8%

62.7%

149.7%

Internet Penetration

17.7%

14.6%

18.9%

42.7%

43.4%

4.86%

49%

Global Competitiveness

3.7

3.7

3.7

3.4

3.9

3.6

4.4

Network Readiness Index

3.3

3.2

3.5

3.2

3.8

3.0

4.0

Global Innovation Index

30.1

27.0

30.3

27.8

31.9

25.6

38.2

Innovation Hubs

Jokkolabs, CTIC Dakar, Bantalabs

Jokkolabs,
ICT Incubator, Akendewa

MEST, mFriday, iSpace

L5 Labs, Co-Creation Hub, Minna Tech

iHub, Nailab, m:lab, NairobiGarage

KINU, CosTech, InnovationS

Innovation Hub, Silicon Cape, mLab

  • The data above indicate that Africa needs to improve on information technology usage.
  • Broadband access is very low with exception of Kenya, yet internet is a vital component in communication, information flow and knowledge sharing in the Hub model.
  • The mobile subscriptions have been on the rise in most of these countries and should be encouraged due to increased mobile applications that have been developed for mass markets.
  • More emphasis need to be stressed on improvement of ICT competitiveness, network readiness, innovation and communication to achieve knowledge-based and information-rich economies characterized by techprenuers, innovation hubs, creativity and information sharing.
  • A successful Ghana Cyber City will help transform Ghana into one of the most competitive knowledge-based economies in Africa.