April 5, 2022. The Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA) conducted a 3-day federated cloud proof-of-value workshop in Accra, Ghana. Hosted by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), the workshop is part of in-country outreach and was organized in collaboration with HPE and Intel.
The event brought together stakeholders from Government Agencies, Telecom & ICT Regulators, Data Center & Cloud Providers, Cloud Users, Cybersecurity Agencies, Data Protection Commission, Telecom Service Providers, and Academia among others.
“Cloud computing is one of the innovations that has greatly contributed to digital transformation and innovations globally including #Africa. We must work towards ensuring that the majority of digital services that we consume in Africa are hosted within Africa,” noted Lacina Koné, Director General of Smart Africa.
“Africa accounts for very little globally when it comes to data centers and cloud infrastructure and therefore there is an urgent need for us to work together to address these challenges,” he added.
Mr. Richard Ofosu, Director General of NITA highlighted the need to adjust current policies that are irrelevant to current realities.
“It is worth noting that, in the digital world, a lot is changing! We must also adjust the policies to address this issue. It is acknowledged that policies for the new digital world cannot be the same as policies for the physical world”
He pointed out that NITA is looking forward to collaborating with all stakeholders to create win-win strategies that ultimately benefit government, businesses, and, most importantly, citizens.
Since its start of operation in August 2020, focusing on the CBDM module, SADA has trained over 2000 policy and decision-makers across 26 countries in trending digital transformation topics including Artificial Intelligence Use Cases, 5G Connectivity, Data Protection & Privacy, Rural Broadband Policies, Security Technologies, Regulatory and Innovative Sandboxing Environments, Data Centers and Cloud, Digital Identity for Underserved, ePayment, etc. The objective is to reach over 22000 trained beneficiaries by 2023, supported by the SADA In-country implementation wave.