Data policy framework in Africa: What you need to know

August 10, 2021 | by: David Kodjani

The Commission African Union (AUC) is developing a data policy framework for Africa.

The AUC commissioned Research ICT Africa (RIA) to support this process, which is made possible by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as part of the Data-Cipation program. To ensure that the continental data policy meets the envisaged objectives, RIA has adopted a dynamic consultation process, which will reflect the interests of all stakeholders.

The development of the data policy framework is a recommendation of the African Union Digital Transformation Strategy, which aims to harness digital technologies and innovation to transform African societies and economies to promote Africa’s integration, generate inclusive economic growth, stimulate job creation, bridge the digital divide and eradicate poverty for the socio-economic development of the continent.

The strategy is a recognition of the efforts of the continent's leaders to prioritize and accelerate digital transformation. It further builds on the AUC's existing initiatives and frameworks such as the Policy and Regulatory Initiative for a Digital Africa (PRIDA), the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), the Free Trade Area African continent (AfCFTA), African Union financial institutions (AUFI), Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM); and the free movement of people (FMP) to support the development of a digital single market (DSM) for Africa, within the framework of the integration priorities of the African Union. Data and its governance are recognized as one of the essential cross-cutting themes necessary to support the digital ecosystem.

The envisioned data policy framework therefore seeks to provide a shared vision of a data domain that is achieved in a fair and equitable manner, while creating the secure and reliable digital environment necessary for the development of an economy and society. sustainable and inclusive African digital societies. Through this multi-stakeholder process, the African Union Commission fulfills its commitment to work closely with regional economic communities and specialized international institutions to provide guidance to African Union Member States on the fundamental building blocks of construction. a resilient digital economy and society.

Source: Research Ict Africa

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