Private sector urged to invest in data development

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By Ben Rioba

The government has challenged the private sector and development partners to invest more in sharing of data to drive sustainable development.

Experts say minimal research due to unavailability of data has made the Eastern Africa region to lag behind in terms of development urging regional governments to build data capacity to drive entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Insufficient manpower and personnel involved in research and innovation, poor state of infrastructure and insufficient funding are some of the main issues that have curtailed development and sharing of data in Africa.

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However, a few weeks ago agriculture ministers from the region signed a memorandum of understanding that would see more funding and sharing of agriculture data in the continent.

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The Kenyan government is pledging to invest heavily on data development access for sustainable development.

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They also called for bridging of the digital divide and creation of equal opportunities to help communities in rural and marginalized areas access data.

They were speaking during the sustainable development data for Africa conference in Nairobi.

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