The unlocking of the potentials of digital less disadvantage countries (DLDC) in Africa lies on the decisions of ICT policy makers and stakeholders collaboration in the industry across the continent.
According to African ICT Foundation (AfICTF), the lack and low level of mobilization and motivation of decision-makers reduce their digital appropriation in the continent.
The Foundation while making its position known concerning the condition of the DLDC at the Internet Governance Forum 2019 in Berlin, German said that mobilize and challenge policy makers and stakeholders to come together and take constructive steps towards addressing cross-cutting impediments germane to the unlocking of the digital potential of DLDC imperative for it to realize the promise of the new digital age.
Regional Director, Francophone West Africa for the Foundation, Dr. Amessinou Kossi in a presentation on behalf of the AfICTF said nothing major has ever been done in the digital world without the sustained and constant support of public decision-makers in charge of defining public policies and development strategies.
According to him, the actors collaborate less in the sense of the general interest and that to unlock the digital potential of African countries, collaboration is essential stressing that it’s important to trust the local expertise to enable them to prove their talent.
“We must avoid the creation of privileged clans in the supply of public markets, thus offering the possibility of discovering new domestic potentials. We must offer the possibility of relocating centers of excellence and e-learning in the digital domain to our countries”, he said.
While calling for a systematic transfer of skills in the conduct of all digital projects, he said that an overarching factor for digital inclusion is the need to have highly resourced human capital across the entire spectrum of DLDC labour market.
He observed the lack of capacity and capability development options to foster inclusive DLDC youth and labour force participation in the evolving digital economy.
“Human capital is the key to digital development in Africa. We need to review our training curricula to match the requirements of the evolution of the fourth digital revolution.
We must review our recruitment both in the private sector and in the public for the training of elites and young people. The problem of the quality of the human resources has its source in the conditions of upgrade of the trainers in our teaching spaces”, he stated.
He stated further that it is belief of the Foundation that there is the need to launch the training and capacity building work on all aspects of digital technology saying that most of the kinds of knowledge being taught are not in harmony with the needs of evolution.
“To go fast, we need to train some of the fundamentals of mathematical decision-making at the same time as we train operational actors. It is necessary to invest both the rural and the urban area with training adapted to the capacities of available human resources”, said Amessinou.