Dr Mensah, a Fellow of the American National Academy of Inventors and President of Georgia Aerospace, (an Atlanta based company) after his visit to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology’s Laboratories decided to create the Silicon Valley of Ghana to bridge the technology gap in the country.
In an interview with the Business.com.gh, Dr Thomas Mensah said, “the Silicon Valley will link both the Universities and the Research institutes in Ghana with industrial cooperation’s, advance research centres such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other Tech giants”.
The Silicon Valley of Ghana will create business accelerators and incubators that can compete with tech- companies around the world; it will move Ghana into the 21st Century and also support the high-speed bullet train that is being developed in Ghana.
According to the inventor, each of the innovation centres would have a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) component to inspire children who have interests in these fields creating the pipeline for the next generation scientists.
He explained that creation of these innovation centers with business accelerators will however create industries and job opportunities for graduates and will encourage them to stay and work in Ghana to will reduce the issue of human capital flight by helping them to retain the best and brightest individuals to stay home and help improve the economies and accelerate technological advancement in other emerging countries.
He said “a strong component of the Silicon will be the focus on STEM K- 12 involving Primary, Elementary, Secondary and the Tertiary throughout the Ghana where Children will be inspired to learn technology.”
Dr Mensah, who created the Silicon Valley of the South in the USA believes it is important for young students to be given an opportunity at greatness through STEM, which was what happened in his case growing up to become a world-leading fibre optics innovator and inventor.
These innovation centres according to Dr Mensah would work for hand in hand with MS based industries and leading universities as they collaborate to enhance the competitiveness of Ghana in the world of global technology and commerce.
Source: Erica Arthur / Business.com.gh