Friday, March 02, 2007

Minutes of Mtg on 2/2/2007 @ I-Net, A&C Shopping Mall, East Legon

MINUTES OF GHAJICT MEETING on 2 February, 2007 at

I-NET Café, A&C Shopping Mall, East Legon




n               Ruby Amable, Ag. VICE-PRESIDENT

n               E.K.Bensah, Ag. PRESIDENT


NOTE: this meeting was held at A&C Shopping Mall, East Legon instead of BusyInternet



  1. Adoption of Minutes / Agenda
  2. Membership dues
  3. Fundraising opportunities (UNDP, etc)
  4. registration of association
    1. which bank?
    2. Fees?
    3. Possible date of launch?
  5. Liasing with blogs on

6.     GHAJICT intervention in Three ICT Bills Before A-G

  1. AOB


  1. Adoption of Minutes / Agenda

·         There was dissatisfaction expressed at the quality of the last minutes. It was agreed that whilst each person has his own style of producing minutes, some of the errors were more than typographical. The minutes looked more like a report than minutes.


·         The Vice-President is ready to offer capacity-building to any member of GHAJICT who is interested. The Ag President expressed an interest in this capacity-building offer.


·         Despite this initial comment, the minutes were adopted, and the current agenda for the meeting approved


  1. Membership dues

·         There was a suggestion of GHC600,000/yr, translating to GHC50,000/month/member

·         It’s unclear as to whether we want to make it quarterly (GHC150,000/three months), or yearly

·         It was decided that to get the ball rolling, MARCH could be a good time to start getting payments made


  1. Fundraising opportunities (UNDP, etc)

·         At the time of writing (2/3/07), Ag President, in a yahoo chat with Penplusbytes chief Kwame Ahiabenu III some weeks back, found out that getting UNDP money is very easy. Important to capitalize on that aspect—maybe GHAJICT treasurer (Veronica) could look into this?

·         Other opportunities for funds include JICA; UNESCO

·         It is important to identify a GHAJICT member who can facilitate this


  1. registration of association

·         Yet again, the discussion between Ahiabenu III and Ag President on yahoo revealed that a priority to establish and register the association is better than tweaking out details in the constitution

·         It is yet undecided what to operate—only a SAVINGs? Or a CURRENT acct? Or BOTH?

o        Advantage of savings is that money deposited would stay there for longer, and accrue interest as opposed to current one

o        GHAJICT would need to consider whether CORPORATE or INDIVIDUAL account would be better?

    • which bank?

                                                              i.      Ag President suggested ECOBANK

    • Fees?

                                                              i.      Please see above

    • Possible date of launch?

                                                              i.      End of March/early April


  1. Liasing with blogs on
    • The Vice and President checked almost all the sites on that blog, and realized—with much horror—that a lot NEEDS must be done for the collaboration to be effective
    • Given the challenges facing that group, it would be better to focus on motivating members of GHAJICT to get others to blog!!


6.     GHAJICT intervention in Three ICT Bills Before A-G

    • The Vice President’s experience with parliamentary press corps could be brought to bear on any eventual intervention by GHAJICT


7. AOB

  • VENUE:
    • The I-NET CAFÉ at the A&C Shopping Mall, East Legon is a very comfortable atmosphere, providing sufficient space for all of us to use the fast computers there. The Vice-Prez and Prez find it a VERY amenable place for working, and thinking as a team
    • Proposal to hold it there for a while


    • It was agreed that we could provide a deadline for comments. Initially, it was going to be end of February, but can be moved forward
    • Those comments could be compiled and reflected through the constitution off-line


Proposed next meeting:22 March, 2007 @ A&C Shopping Mall





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