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Open Source Resource Centre launched

GhanaWeb - A centre that would serve as a hub to research and develop open source software in West Africa was opened at the Ghana India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) on Thursday, to improve access to ICT. An Open Source Software is computer software, which gives users accesses to its source code to enable users to modify and make it available to the public under special licensing agreements. The centre, which was launched through the initiative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), aims at harnessing Information Technology potentials in West Africa as well as support entrepreneurs to successfully run open source businesses. Mr Gideon Quarcoo, Deputy Minister of Communications, who launched the programme, lauded the establishment of such a centre in Ghana, noting that Africa was not well represented in active growth of Open Source initiatives.