Data Protection is essential to building a data-driven digital economy in Africa – Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami

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The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has emphasised the need for African countries to build the data protections standard across their borders as it becomes essential for the new economy. He mentioned this while delivering the keynote address at the 1st Africa Data Protection Conclave which held virtually from Thursday 15th to Friday 16th October 2020.

Data Protection is essential to building a data-driven digital economy in Africa - Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami

The Minister emphasised that this has led to the formation of the National Digital Economy Policy Strategy in Nigeria which rests on developmental regulation, digital skills, solid infrastructure, service infrastructure, digital services, soft infrastructure, digital society and emerging technologies and indigenous content creation and promotion. In his keynote address, Pantami explained that while African nations continue to build the digital economy, thought must be taken to build the confidence of citizens to ensure there are no data breaches in any way.

“We need to ensure that nations build their data infrastructure, mining and security to the highest level because this will be the industry of the future to generate economic growth and build wealth,” he said.

Also speaking at the Conclave was the Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE who emphasised the role the organisation has played in developing the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation modelled under the global General Data Protection Regulation.

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According to him “Although our Data Protection came a bit late, so far we have achieved several milestones and have recorded unprecedented achievements when it comes to compliance. Our model is unique because we also appointed Data Compliance organisations like Taxaide Technologies DPCO.”

He also spoke on his organisation’s overriding goal which is to make data accessible to the teeming youth population in Nigeria today based on the strong notion that access to data is the key ingredient to build the economy, provide business solutions, etc.

The Conclave featured an array of more than 25 speakers comprising policymakers, captains of industry, legal luminaries and other stakeholders from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda and the rest of Africa, some of which include, Plansy Tlakula, Chairperson Information Regulator, South Africa; Aissatou Sylla, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells, France; Alice Namuli Blazevic, Associate Partner at Katende, Ssempebwa & Company; Chafi Bakakri,  Human Rights Adviser in Charge of African Union matters and Olumide Akpata, President Nigerian Bar Association amongst a host of high-level speakers.

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The 1st Africa Data Protection Conclave was organised by Taxaide Technologies Limited (Taxtech), Anaje Olumide Oke and Akinkugbe (AO2LAW), 21Search, Taxaide Professional Services Limited, NDPR Academy, Banwo & Ighodalo and ably supported by a host of brands and organisations.

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