Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo underscored here on Thursday the use of access to information (open data) as a key driver of development across Africa.

Delivering a keynote address at the official opening of the four-day biennial Africa Open Data Conference, the president pointed out that the rapid evolution of the advanced and emerging market economies had been made possible largely as a result of the employment of information and data.

“If we, in Africa, are to emulate them and be an integral part of the on-going data revolution, there is the need, firstly, for us to require the owners of data to make it publicly available in ways that are useful to all potential users. It will also encourage citizens to hold government accountable and ensure greater transparency,” the Ghanaian president urged.

In Ghana, he said government was working to enhance data availability in the country to achieve the desired developmental goals.

Akufo-Addo announced the intention to establish an
open data institute, adding that open data use would enhance the ability of African countries to attain the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).

“Clearly, the role of open data in helping achieve all 16 SDG goals is critical… It is the intention of government also to ensure the long overdue passage of the Right to Information Bill by Parliament,” Akufo-Addo added.

The conference held under the theme: “Open Data for Sustainable Development in Africa” brought together more than 800 delegates drawn from all over Africa and the world at large.

It aims to push the leadership role of the private sector in supplying, using, and demanding open data, among many other aims. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/Newsghana.com.gh

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