IBM holds technology training for EC, Audit Service, Chamber of Mines

ibmA multinational team of IBM specialists have schooled officials of three government institutions on how to use technology to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their activities.

IBM is a technologically inclined organization, headquartered in the United States, which seeks to use technology to solve challenges that people, communities and countries face.

The agencies which benefited from the one month training programme were the Electoral Commission (EC), the Ghana Audit Service and the Ghana Chamber of Mines.

The specialists are members of IBM Corporate Services Corporation which usually executes some of the corporate service responsibilities of organizations, especially in deprived countries.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Madam Joan Dilakian, Senior Managing Consultant, IBM New York, said the team identified physical, technical and human resource gaps and developed recommendations, plans and tools which could aid in the effectiveness of these three agencies.

She said for the EC, the IBM team reviewed and made recommendations for improving the country’s elections management machinery and upgrading Records Management Systems (RMS) currently used by the EC.

“The design, development and documentation of a prototype records system management for the EC, when implemented, would enable collaborative electronic access to the RMS via an intranet platform and help maintain transparency in records management,” Madam Dilakian said.

For the Chamber of Mines, the team recommended the review and improvement of the business processes of the Chamber.

“The business process developments implemented at the Chamber would lead to the digitisation of its data management system,” she said.

Madam Dilakian said the team also produced a strategic plan for revamping and managing the IT infrastructure at all branches of the Audit Service nationwide and also proposed the establishment of an oil and gas unit at Ghana Audit Service (GAS).

“As Ghana’s economy continues to experience continuous year-on-year growth, the need for appropriating technology to help manage business and public sector audit functions would continue to grow, hence the need for increased UT capacity at GAS nationwide,” she said.

Mr Charles Moyela, External Relations Leader, IBM West Africa, commended the team for their readiness to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.

He said IBM had been in Africa for over 60 years and currently operates in over 20 countries on the continent, transforming businesses, government and societies.

Source: GNA

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