Technical Workshop Marks the Launch of Ghana’s National Data Strategy

The Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation (MoCD) through the Data Protection Commission – Ghana is developing Ghana’s National Data Strategy with financial assistance and support from the Data Economy Program at GIZ, technical assistance from Smart Africa, and technical support from Data-Pop Alliance (DPA). Notably, DPA also supported Smart Africa in developing Senegal’s National Data Strategy in 2023 and led the creation of Colombia’s National Data Strategy in 2017.

Marking the launch of this initiative, a workshop took place at Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, Accra on February 8th and 9th, 2024. The Ghana National Data Strategy Brainstorming Workshop brought together stakeholders from government, the private sector, academia, civil society, and startups within the digital ecosystem to shape the trajectory of the nation’s data-driven future. With the aim of fostering innovation and enabling well-informed decision-making, the workshop resulted in a collective vision for harnessing data as a strategic asset for national development. The culmination of this effort was the development of a roadmap for Ghana’s National Data Strategy, poised to elevate the country’s digital capabilities and enhance its global competitiveness.

DPA’s Just Digital TransformationsProgram Director and Data Governance expert, Talla Ndiaye (pictured above), helped unveil this initiative during the workshop by sharing an overview of the entire project, highlighting the broad outlines of other National Data Strategies, and drawing on recommendations from the African Union and the Smart Africa Alliance.

In an effort to foster participation and inclusivity, participants of the Workshop were encouraged to engage in group discussions, culminating in crucial insights and recommendations. These insights will serve as the cornerstone for crafting Ghana’s National Data Strategy, underlining the premise that data transcends being a mere consequence of development; rather, it embodies a catalyst capable of advancing nations towards a more just and equitable future.

Key figures instrumental in this initiative, and who were commended during the workshop, include Patricia Adusei Poku MBA, Executive Director of the Data Protection Commission; Thelma Quaye, Chief Digital Infrastructure, Skills and Empowerment Officer; and, Bjorn-Soren Gigler, Head of the Data Economy Program at GIZ.

This event is part of the broader Data Governance Team Europe Initiative, supported by the African Union, the European Commission, and other international partners. These efforts and strategic collaboration represent a pivotal step in Ghana’s path towards data-driven governance and utilizing data for more sustainable and inclusive development.

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