from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – AFRICA will for the first time organise the International Open Data Conference (IODC) after Kenya was confirmed as the host of the sixth edition in 2020.
The announcement was made at the conclusion of the fifth edition in Argentina.
Kenya won the bid based on the consistency and high-level leadership of Deputy President, William Ruto.
The East African country has been consistent on Open Government and data for development over the last three years.
Ruto said the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta was committed to the creation of an inclusive data ecosystem.
“We recognize that if Kenya is to move ahead, we must deliberately pursue collaboration between the government, academia, and entrepreneurs. It is no longer an issue of political will, but a matter of rational economic and political choice,” Ruto said.
IODC is a bi-annual premier gathering of champions of Open Data.
The 2020 conference is expected to bring over 3000 participants to Nairobi from over 100 countries. Additionally, over 50 international tech companies are expected to participate, exhibit and hopefully invest in Africa’s burgeoning innovation spaces.
Dr Korir Sing’Oei, Legal Advisor and Head of Policy, Office of the Deputy President, said the conference would be a tremendous opportunity for the continent to showcase how it has harnessed the power of data, technology and innovation to respond to the age-old challenges of populations.
“With this opportunity to host the next IODC in 2020, we are signaling Africa’s readiness to play a leading role in bridging the different data communities to deliver the benefits of data to our economies and leave no one behind,” Sing’Oei said.
– CAJ News