This year Ghana is to host two international conferences on information and communication technology (ICT). The first is a workshop on telephone number planning and convergence organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 28-30 April. The second is the fifth annual Connecting Rural Communities Forum scheduled for 17-19 August.

The ITU workshop will give an overview of key issues surrounding telephone numbering including policy and regulatory frameworks, management of the numbering plan, business models and methods of billing, number portability and domain name systems. Deputy communications minister Gideon Quarcoo has said guaranteeing fair and transparent access to numbers is fundamental to a competitive telecommunication market.

The Connecting Rural Communities Forum will discuss ICT training, rural community communication networks and local e-content generation.

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