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Data Governance: Africa needs Internet core values for critical development - ITREALMS

Founding president of the Africa ICT Alliance (AfICTA), Dr Jimson Olufuye, has said that Africa needs Internet core values for critical development and improve data governance, reports ITREALMS.

Olufuye listed these values to include openness, transparency, inclusivity, collaboration, effectiveness, sustainability, responsiveness, peace, trust to name a few, just as he beckoned on African policy makers to pay attention to these values to stimulate critical development for the continent.

Speaking recently in Accra-Ghana during the 2019 Africa Geospatial Data and Internet Conference on “Internet Governance for all round Development (IG4D),” Olufuye said that shaping the Africa’s digital future entails special and serious attentions from the policy makers.

“They should pay serious attention to those core values such that geospatial and other critical developmental data are open and transparently accessible for innovation and creativity to thrive for the continuous growth and development of our economies,” he declared.

Olufuye, who is one of the five global business representatives to the United Nations Commission for Science and Technology for Development Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC 1.0 & 2.0) pointed out that it will propel the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals on the continent of Africa and bridge the digital divide.

“And for more jobs to be created for our large youth population,” he said.

On the nexus of geospatial data, the Internet Governance and the SDGs, he said that geospatial data has everything to do with cadastral information of a country, hence, “It is a major national resource data which has the potential if well managed to be the fulcrum of prosperity of any nation.”

Olufuye, who equally is the chief executive officer, Kontemporary Konsulting, said that with available Internet tools, this resource could be better managed in an open, transparent and accountable manner for the benefit of the people.

“So, the nexus of geospatial data and Internet Governance is the values that drive them to enable benefits for all,” he said, stressing that these values include openness, transparency, inclusivity, collaboration, effectiveness, sustainability, responsiveness, peace, trust to name a few.

With the holistic use of geospatial data engendered by Internet Governance principles, he said, it would be possible that citizens could derive better values for their land thereby boosting their purchasing power with the attendant eradication of poverty, hunger, ill-health, illiteracy, gender inequality, and clean water and sanitation would be available.

Submitting that “Goal 15: Life on Land and goal 17: Stronger Stakeholder Partnership are benefits that would also result in proactive geospatial data governance.”

Chuks Egbuna/Editor
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