Evolving technologies provide opportunities for developing countries

Technology will root out poverty by offering an alternative roadmap to inclusive developments, through providing new opportunities and curbing challenges to transform lives.

This was revealed at the launch of Pathways for Prosperity, a Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development, through which Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, seek to explore the impact of rapid technological change on developing countries.

Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said at the launch in Nairobi on Friday that people can transform their lives through innovation only if they have access to it.

She stated that the Commission will bring together diverse thinkers and doers committed to ensuring that everyone can take advantage of technological innovation.

Bio-Technology will improve peoples’ way of life particularly the poor in that there will be improvement in health and education leading to self-employment thus improving a country’s economy, said Melinda.

The Commission is meant to address challenges in third world countries such as creation of more jobs, improving education systems and enhancing engagement between government and citizens through better service delivery.

Challenges that will be looked into include skilling the younger generation on adopting new technology through changing education systems, increasing connectivity, reducing cost and including those in the poverty curve, said Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group, Strive Masiyiwa.

Masiyiwa further added that the commission will give global leaders a way of working together to understand how to harness technology for good, use it to enhance opportunities for all and drive inclusive growth.

The commission is also set to examine how to turn the potential risk of technological change into opportunities for inclusive development through governments coming up with new policies that will help in reducing corruption.

Technology can strengthen the relationship between citizens and government. New tools could transform the way the government delivers public services. Policymakers need to be equipped with the merits and demerits of technologies, said Indonesian Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani Indrawati.

The Commission will deliberate over a two-year period examining emerging technologies and will publish insights and policy recommendations to help government navigate this rapidly evolving landscape.

Among the dignitaries who graced the occasion was Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology, Joe Mucheru.

Source: Kenya News Agency