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ICT and Skills Transfer: The Case for Diaspora Involvement in Tourism Development in Ghana

ICT and Skills Transfer: The Case for Diaspora Involvement in Tourism Development in Ghana
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Author(s): Paul Ankomah (North Carolina A&T University, USA) and Trent Larson (North Carolina A&T University, USA)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 24
Source title: Impacts of the Knowledge Society on Economic and Social Growth in Africa
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lloyd G. Adu Amoah (Ashesi University, Ghana & Strategy3, Ghana)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5844-8.ch010

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Abstract

Ghana is continuously exploring new development models to generate economic growth and enhance the life of her citizens. Tourism has been identified as an area with the potential to prime the Ghanaian economy. However, a major impediment likely to stall the strategy is the lack of skilled labor. Ghana could address this problem by tapping into the skills, experiences, and resources of its diaspora. The objective of the chapter is to advocate the adoption of a virtual community framework (via ICT) to access the skills and expertise of Ghanaians resident abroad to train personnel in the tourism sector. The chapter outlines the virtual community creation process, instructional delivery strategies, identifies challenges to be encountered in these collaborative efforts, and provides some viewpoints for addressing such problems. The chapter ends with suggestions for future research and concluding remarks, including the study's implications.

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