The two-day event on the theme: “Unleashing Ghana’s Online Potential,” is the largest gathering of companies and professionals from electronic commerce websites, Internet Service Providers, Telecommunications, Software Designers, solution providers in the mobile commerce, Banks and e-banking among others.
Mr Felix Kwakye Ofosu, the Deputy Minister of Communications speaking at the opening of the conference, commended the organisers for drawing the nation’s attention to the potentials of online platforms.
He said government was still investing in technologies to bridge the digital gap to improve on the lives of citizens, and government has also put in place National Data Centre to help offer data services.
He said government had taken steps to address the cyber security issues in the digital arena… “It is government’s commitment to protect the country’s cyberspace”.
Mr Kwakye Ofosu said the conference was in line with government’s goal to transform the lives of its people through cashless economy.
Mr Paul Asinor, the Event and New Media Director, OML Africa, organisers of the Expo, said this year’s event would provide a unique platform for over 30 exhibitors, 100 conference delegates and nearly 2,000 exhibition visitors to share knowledge, learn from leading experts and update themselves on the latest trends in e-commerce.
He said it was also to build new business contacts offline, showcase latest technologies as well as network with major players in Ghana’s fast growing online business market.
Mr Asinor said the second Ghana e-Commerce Expo exhibition would be a display of the latest technologies and solutions in e-commerce, mobile commerce, cutting-edge software that were currently available in the country.
He said the conference delegates would share knowledge and best practices through keynotes, roundtables, product presentations and speed networking sessions with experts and leaders in the industry.
Mr Frank Oye, Executive Director, Margins ID, an identification and security services provider, said e-commerce has given local businesses the needed opportunity to transform into global brands.
He said for e-commerce to succeed in Ghana, businesses have to consider standards and win the trust of its clientele, adding that the right infrastructure have to be laid to improve on the platform.
Delegates from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Germany and Spain are participating in the Expo.
Some of the notable speakers expected at the conference include Haris Broumidis (CEO, Vodafone Ghana), Prince Kofi Kludjeson (Executive Chairman, Alltel); Harsh Sarda (MD, Nielsen, Africa Vertical Markets), Albert Biga (CEO, Zoobashop) and Derek Appiah (Country Manager, Microsoft).
Others are Sandra Kyerematen Abrokwa (Country Manager, Tonaton), Claire Staal (Country Manager, Jovago.com), Albert Antwi-Bosaiako, (CEO, eCrime Bureau) and Stephen Nana Osei-Boadi (Head, Digital Marketing, PZ Cussons)
The rest are Funlola Abe (Country Manager, Jumia Ghana), Saqib Nazir ( CEO, Interpay), Agastee Khante (Country Manager, Ringier), Joseph Yaw Asumang ( Country Manager, Oracle), Maximus Ametorgoh ( Founder, PopOut), Klenam Fiadzoe (Founder, Yougara), and Luis Ruano of Global Cloud Computing.