Google to integrate Ghana’s GPS into Google map system
American multinational technology company, Google, has entered into an agreement with the government of Ghana to incorporate the country’s GPS address in its global mapping system, the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed.
This strategic move will help the government solve a number of national problems they have been addressing using technology.
The agreement was reached after a technical evaluation was undertaken by Google to certify Ghana’s addressing system.
The Vice President made this announcement at the opening of the YouthConnekt Africa Summit in Accra.
“We have engaged google since last year and we have now obtained the agreement because they have to go through technical processes to evaluate our GPS digital system and so by the end of this year, Google have agreed to allow us to integrate our digital address system into goggle maps. So people can use them here in Ghana”, Bawumia said.
“We moved from there to address the problem of the fact that so many people including a lot of the youth don’t have banks accounts and therefore excluded from the financial system” he added.
Adopted by the African Union, the YouthConnekt Africa is a Pan-African programme established to co-design and accelerate relevant solutions for youth socio-economic development, and to support intergovernmental knowledge exchange on policy, programmes and partnerships.
The 2021 edition of the Youth Connekt Africa Summit is the first large continental convening focused solely on drawing stakeholders together to address the most pressing youth development demands within this post-Covid-19 pandemic period which has not only Africa through the loss of human lives but also set back the continent’s thriving economies.
The event was hosted by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, under the theme: “Africa Beyond Aid: Positioning the Youth for Post COVID Economy and AfCFTA Opportunities”.