NAIROBI, The Kenyan government has challenged the country’s private sector and development partners to invest more in data-sharing facilities to drive sustainable development.
Experts attending a conference on sustainable development data for Africa say minimal research, resulting from unavailability of data, has caused the East Africa region to lag behind in terms of development. They urge regional governments to build data capacity to drive entrepreneurship and innovation.
Insufficient manpower and personnel involved in research and innovation, the poor state of infrastructure and insufficient funding are some of the main issues which have curtailed development and sharing of data in Africa.
However, a few weeks ago, agriculture ministers from the region signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will see more funding for and sharing of agriculture data on the continent.
Noting that the Kenyan government has pledged to invest heavily in data development access for sustainable development, the experts have called for bridging of the digital divide and creation of equal opportunities to help communities in rural and marginalized areas access data.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK