By Jessica Dogo
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said African countries have realized the potential of a robust digital economy to create business opportunities, increase efficiency, contribute to sustainable development and reshape people’s lives.
NCC Head of Corporate Services at the Universal Service Delivery Fund, Mistura Aruna, spoke on Thursday at the 11th African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the annual event is: “The African Union Data Policy Framework”.
This year’s discussion focuses largely on how the African Union’s data policy framework will impact service delivery in the Internet ecosystem.
Aruna said data, whether information, statistics, numbers or in other forms, was at the heart of the digital transformation that was happening at an unexpected pace and scale across the world. global scale.
She said the deployment of data-driven technologies would transform most aspects of daily life and work into quantifiable data that can be tracked.
Aruna said this can also be monitored, analyzed and monetized. It has become such a phenomenon that the term “datafication” has been coined to describe it.
She said the data policy framework derived from the Digital Transformation Strategy (DTS) adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2020 to transform African societies would improve life opportunities, reduce poverty, inequality and would facilitate the provision of goods and services.
She added: “The AU Data Policy Framework represents an important step towards creating a consolidated data environment and harmonized digital data governance systems.
“This is about enabling the free and secure flow of data across the continent while preserving human rights, ensuring security and ensuring equitable access and sharing of benefits.
“This framework sets out a shared vision, principles, strategic priorities and key recommendations to guide African countries in developing their national data systems and their capacities to effectively use and derive value from data.
“It should be borne in mind that ownership of the framework by African countries and implementation of its key recommendations will position Africa as a strong partner.
“This will enable young Africans to participate and thrive in the global digital economy and society. »
Aruna said he was optimistic that by the end of the school, the recommendations made would reach those who can make a tangible impact.
According to her, the commission remains fully committed to ensuring the deployment of robust infrastructure, availability, accessibility and affordability of the Internet for all, through an inclusive stakeholder engagement process. (NOPE)