Rwanda to benefit from ADfB Data Management program

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Rwanda to benefit from ADfB Data Management program

Rwanda is among the 13 countries that will benefit from an African Development Bank Ambitious Program to Revolutionize Data Management and Dissemination in Africa. This will facilitate easy data exchange, validation, analysis and dissemination using common international standards and guidelines

The new programme was launched in Tunis, Tunisia, February 18, 2013. The plan is to finalize the development and installation of data portals in all 54 African countries and 16 sub-regional and regional agencies by the end of July 2013.

Reports indicate that work has been going on concurrently in several African countries and institutions and has been completed in the following 13 countries and one Pan-African institution: Rwanda, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the African Union Commission.

In Rwanda, the ADfB country programme is so far funding an ongoing Regional Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre of Excellence Project- which will support the construction and equipping of a regional Center of Excellence, the provision of an academic teaching and research programme based on the CMU curriculum, promotion of entrepreneurship and linkages of the CoE to industry and the establishment of a project management framework.
This CoE project is expected to contribute to building capacity in Rwanda in ICT areas, produce hundreds of graduates with the minimum level of Masters capable of applying ICTs to all development sectors will be available. The linkage to productive sector component will develop an attractive environment for graduates through incubation in partnership with local and foreign companies which will assist them in creating their own business in the country.
ADfB officials says that the ultimate goal of the program is to facilitate wider public access to official statistics and to support countries in their efforts to improve data quality and dissemination for better policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation.

“This initiative provides a unique opportunity for African countries to take the lead in implementing statistical standards at a regional level and make their data easily accessible through a common platform, Charles Leyeka Lufumpa, ADfB Director, Statistics Department says;

“It will also significantly revolutionize data management and dissemination in Africa, and reposition the continent for more effective participation in the global information economy. This will also significantly reduce the data reporting burden of African countries since data will now only need to be uploaded once into the AfDB system and then shared with various development partners” he added.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and the social progress of African countries. As the premier development finance institution on the continent, the AfDB’s mission is to help reduce poverty, and improve the living conditions of Africans.

 

 

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