Head of Regulatory at the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Ing. Kwame Baah-Acheamfuor has been adjudged the Eminent Telecom and ICT Pillar of the Decade at this year’s Lifetime in a Portrait Awards.
The awards scheme, organized by the Initiators of Change Foundation, under the auspices of former President John Agyekum Kufuor, was designed at part of the 10th anniversary of the Foundation, to honor Ghanaians who have contributed to the development of the country as public servants over the past 10 years.
Under the theme “Awakening the patriotic spirit of Ghanaians – the role of the public servant, the scheme was also to honor Ghanaians who have projected the shining image of Ghana among the international community through their outstanding service to humanity.
Special recognition was also given to some four Ghanaian captains of industry for their immense contribution to national development.
Ing. Kwame Baah-Acheamfuor was among several eminent Ghanaians to be honored on the night with portraits and citations that spelt out in detail, what these individuals contributed to the development of Ghana and to the progress of humanity across the world.
Unlike many of those who were recognized on the night, Kwame Baah-Acheamfuor has not been typically a public figure, but is well-known in both the domestic and international telecoms and ICT industry for his immense and marked expert contribution to industry policy both locally and globally.
For one, Ing. Kwame Baah-Acheamfuor is famous for policy advice on Communication Service Tax (CST), International Wholesale Carrier license, International Traffic Surcharges, Interconnect Exchange as well as Common Monitoring Platform for traffic and revenue assurance.
For many years, he has been representing Ghana at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), in various capacities, including chairing committees and study groups that formulate standards for the telecoms and ICT industry globally.
Because of his expertise, the Telecoms/ICT expert par-excellence was seconded from the National Communications Authority, where he was Deputy Director of Regulatory Administration to NITA as Head of Regulatory.
His citation read as follows:
Ing. Kwame Baah-Acheamfuor is one of Ghana’s first-class Telecommunications/ICT experts with twenty years’ experience in policy formulation, regulatory planning, monitoring and enforcement of technical obligations for communications services, implementation and operations of telecommunication networks, tender specification planning and evaluation.
He has served on Governing Board for the Council for Technical and Vocational Education Training (COTVET) and chaired the Training Quality Assurance Committee (TQAC)-COTVET, responsible for accreditation of technical and vocational institutions. Kwame was the National Communications Authority Representative on the National Payment Council-Bank of Ghana at the Bank of Ghana.
Kwame was Chairman of the Committee for Work Programme and Organisation of the ITU Telecom Standardization sector at the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly in 2016, Africa Region Lead on Regional Initiatives at World Telecommunications Development Conference 2017, chaired the Africa Union Workshop on Policy harmonization, was the Technical Advisor to the Co-Chair, European Union-Africa Union Digital Economy Task Force, and has arbitrated resolutions on global cybersecurity.
He is an Advisor to the Ghana Telecom Rural Connectivity 2016 sites Project with GIFEC, December, Advisor to the Ghana Digital Skills Literacy Project with GIFEC,
Kwame is also the current Chairman of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Study Group responsible for Performance, Quality of Service and Quality of Experience in his second term of office; the first African to hold such a position. He has been involved in the development and approvals of over eighty global telecommunications standards.
Kwame is currently Councilor to Ghana at ITU Council and the Head of Regulatory at the National Information Technology Agency, Accra.
For his in-depth wisdom on Information and Communications Technologies makes him a great pillar in the industry.
Kwame Baah-Acheamfuor holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Project Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Majors in Telecommunications and Electronics) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
TechGH24 salutes Kwame Baah-Acheamfuor for the deserving award in recognition of a man who, years ago, chose public service over high-paying private sector opportunities in order to contribute to policies, regulations and standards that drives growth in the industry, while taking consumer interests fully onboard.