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ECOWAS Sensitizes Member States on Digital Transformation Strategy

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ECOWAS experts from different Member States were recently sensitized on the Digital Transformation Strategy (DTS) for Africa, and the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Framework (MELF) for the period 2022-2030. The three-day workshop, which was held in Abuja, Nigeria from 26-28 April 2023, aimed to provide a comprehensive and structured approach for monitoring progress towards the achievement of the DTS objectives.

The DTS 2020-2030 aims to create an integrated and inclusive digital society and economy in Africa. It seeks to bridge the digital divide, promote continental integration, boost job creation, eradicate poverty and ensure inclusive broad-based economic growth driven by digital technologies and innovation.

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Mrs Mihret Woodmatas, Senior Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Expert of the African Union Commission (AUC), and Mrs Marie Ndé Sène Ahouantchédé, who spoke on behalf of Mr Sédiko Douka, Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitalisation, addressed the opening session of the workshop. Mrs Ndé Sène Ahouantchédé reiterated the commitment of the ECOWAS Commission to provide unfailing support at the regional level for any action aimed at coordinating digital transformation in line with the region’s ambitions for socio-economic development and integration.

The workshop was organized in collaboration with the African Union Commission with financial support from GIZ. During the workshop, participants were trained on the MELF framework and associated tools for monitoring the performance and impact of the implementation of the DTS. The detailed data collection plan to measure progress towards the DTS objectives, including baseline and target values, implementation periods, data sources, data collection methods, frequency of data collection and officials responsible for each indicator, was presented and discussed.

For the most part, the workshop reflected the deep alignment and commitment of ECOWAS and AU institutions to Africa’s digital transformation. Participants were also taken on a tour to the TD4PAI (Technology Development for Poverty Alleviation Initiative) IoT Innovation Hub to view prototype solutions tailored to the realities of the continent.

The ECOWAS Commission has reiterated its commitment to serve as an intermediary and to provide regional-level support for any action aimed at coordinating digital transformation in line with the region’s ambitions for socio-economic development and integration. This workshop provides a strong foundation for the implementation of the Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa, as well as for the continued growth and development of the region.

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