Ghana to expand data use to serve national development aspirations

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Ghana seeks to deepen its dependence on data analytics to achieve its national development objectives.

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Ghanaian minister of Communications and Digitalization, said this Thursday in an interview during a workshop organized by the World Bank Group on the role of data in development.

The minister’s comments came after the World Bank’s assessment that Ghana had been generating a lot of data, but had not been using them to drive its development processes.

The minister underscored the necessity to consolidate the country’s databases, and set up a data exchange hub so that “With the click of the button, and with the right levels of accreditation, you can access data from any of those databases and utilize it properly.”

“For any digital economy to thrive, you need data analytics to facilitate machine learning, so it is absolutely critical that we find a way of consolidating our databases,” she stressed.

Owusu-Ekuful said Ghana would develop a local cloud system to host data locally instead of the current situation where the country’s data are hosted by foreign companies outside the country.

The official added the government would take steps to deepen digital literacy so that even non-literate could use digital tools in their everyday activities. Enditem

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