The CEO of GRIDCO; Mr Jonathan Amoako-Baah at the 2019 AFRICON hosted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) urged stakeholders to build an “African Silicon Valley” to solve the problems of the African to imply that the African better understands their own problems.
“We should think of having our own “Silicon Valley” to develop home grown solutions that are made by Africans and are for Africans. We are the only ones who know our problems hence, we are the best people to fix it.” – Mr Jonathan Amoako-Baah
A call he made on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) also stating that young engineers and ICT professionals will need continuous guidance and mentoring from the experienced professionals so as they pick up the best practices and confidence to carry on blazing the torch.
“There is the need to continuously guide the career growth of young engineering and ICT professionals, and instill confidence in them. We should create a sense of awareness amongst every African child- that they are the hope of Africa. Their self-esteem should be well managed, and a “can do spirit” should be inculcated into them at early childhood.”Mr Jonathan Amoako-Baah, 2019
The IEEE is a professional association purposed for advancing engineering and technology to benefit humanity. The Ghana section of IEEE is hosted the 2019 3-Day Conference themed, “Powering Africa’s Sustainable Energy for All Agenda: The Role of ICT and Engineering”.
Mr Jonathan Amoako-Baah believes that the world is evolving particularly with new forms of energy and this would surely present “exciting and inspiring challenges” for the Ghanaian and the African at large, therefore there is the need for sophisticated systems and controls to integrate an ever-wider set of energy sources and interface with regional traded energy markets, all while ensuring stability, reliability and maximising efficiency.
He was however of the worry that as the adoption of renewables and volume of local generation increases, so will the complexity of keeping supply and demand in balance. He stated that he sees a brighter future, one that we can create by putting in place structures that will be appropriate with the creation of an “African Silicon Valley”.
“At the heart of all this will be a tripartite of engineering, ICT and youth empowerment. In other words, the engineering principles will remain the same but we will only make it more and more efficient through ICT, by allowing the youth to lead the way.”
So who would be the pioneers to lead the charge for the African Silicon Valley? Would it be Ghana or the tech rich giant country of Rwanda who has already taken the lead?