Kenyan focuses on big data to accelerate sustainable development
25 August 2015, 21:40
Nairobi - The Kenyan government will
partner with industry and academic institutions to strengthen data collection,
storage and deployment in order to accelerate socioeconomic progress, officials
said on Tuesday.
Victor Kyalo, CEO of Kenya ICT Authority, a government body
which fosters development of ICT, said that effective data collection and
analysis underpins sound policy discourse to address social challenges like
poverty, inequality, disease and crime.
"The government has embraced big data to promote
evidence based interventions on socioeconomic challenges. Production and
consumption of timely and accurate data is in line with vision 20130 blue
print," Kyalo said.
He spoke at a media briefing to announce the national forum
on harnessing data revolution to promote sustainable development that will be
held in Nairobi from Aug. 28 to 29.
The office of deputy president in partnership with private
sector and research agencies has organized the two-day forum to discuss role of
big data in catalyzing socioeconomic transformation.
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Kenya has earned global recognition for spearheading data
revolution to promote sustainable development. Kyalo noted Kenya is the second
African country after Morocco to launch open government portal that provide timely
data on key topics like education, health, agriculture and social security.
"We are harnessing data to address cross cutting themes
like climate change, inclusivity, public finance management and
innovation," Kyalo said, adding that Kenyan government has been generating
reams of data that is stored in the cloud to enhance access to consumers.
Korir Sing'oei, senior Legal Advisor at the Office of the
Deputy President, said the government will leverage on the current data
revolution to drive economic growth.
"Data gathering, storage and dissemination is no longer
a monopoly of the public sector. We are encouraging partnership with industry,
academia and nonprofit group to promote data access," Singo'ei said.
He added that state agencies have tapped into big data to
track progress in millennium development goals.