Ghana Advances National Data Governance Strategy with Stakeholder Engagement

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) under the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation convened a workshop on Friday, bringing together experts from academia, the private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders to validate the National Data Governance Strategy. The strategy aims to harness the power of data for economic growth and development.

Deputy Minister Charles Acheampong, representing the sector Minister, emphasized the importance of effective data governance in building trust, facilitating access to public data, and creating a robust digital infrastructure. He commended the DPC and stakeholders for their collaboration and urged institutions managing key data assets to join the effort.

The Smart Africa Secretariat, in partnership with GIZ and championed by Ghana, has developed a Continental Data Governance Blueprint, providing a framework for African governments to adopt best practices in data governance. Ghana is one of the implementation countries, with a focus on fostering digital skills, including data skills, for the Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA).

The Deputy Minister expressed optimism that the adoption of advanced technology in data management will prioritize data governance, unlocking its potential for the public good. A well-designed governance program, involving a Governance Team and Data Stewards, is crucial to the success of the country’s digitization efforts.

The workshop aimed to elicit stakeholder input, ensuring a collaborative approach to developing a comprehensive National Data Governance Strategy for Ghana’s digital advancement.

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