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.
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.