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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

ECA official urges data revolution to support
structural transformation in N. Africa    

ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) North Africa Director, Lilia Hachem Naas, on Saturday said that data revolution is a must so as to support structural transformation in North Africa and beyond.

The director made the call during a four-day high-level meeting which is underway with the theme “Data Revolution in North Africa: Using Data in Support of Structural Transformation,” the ECA said in a statement on Saturday.

African experts and policymakers, among other things, discussed topics such as the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), migration, blue economy, and the role of good quality data in achieving the global Agenda 2030 and continental Agenda 2063.

Naas also stressed African countries need to streamline the expected data revolution in line with strengthening data collection and analysis targets so as to improve the quality of all components of the blue economy.

The final outcome of the meeting also urged the pan African bloc, ECA, to provide technical assistance to improve statistical systems in the region, including human skills and digital technologies.

Representatives of North African countries have requested ECA’s assistance in the AfCFTA ratification process, saying that it would help to achieve sub-regional integration.

Naas vowed the ECA’s commitment and readiness to serve the region and its member countries in the provision of technical assistance.

             

 

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