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How to Commercialize the Vast African Database

Tshilidzi Marwala from the South African Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution says ” We need to develop technological capacity to gather, process and monetize the African database.

To achieve these, we ought to improve and expand our educational institutions, paying attention to the development of programs in data science.

We need to embed data science subjects such as data analytics and software engineering into primary, secondary and tertiary education.

Governments and the African Union ought to expand projects such as the Deep Learning Indaba as well as the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences that are developing mathematics, machine learning and artificial intelligence expertise in Africa.

To gather data, we need to politically organize ourselves to create economies of scale.

Regionally, organizations such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) should create regional data banks that collect, protect and store regional data.


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