Tumwebaze Rallies Africa to Embrace Big Data
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology and National Guidance, Hon Frank Tumwebaze has rooted for the exploitation of big data technology in development and governance in Africa.
Tumwebaze told hundreds of participants attending the Smart Africa Summit in Rwandan capital, Kigali on Thursday that the big data technology, which refers to extremely large data sets which can be analysed using a computer or computers to make meaning of certain things such as human behaviour and other interactions, is a blessing for smart economies.
“The advent of big data is premised on the evolution of technology; from 1G to 5G which has created opportunities for smart economies,” he said.
“The interoperability of ICT infrastructure and services has today created enormous data outputs and all these create an opportunity to leapfrog.”
The Transform Africa 2017 Summit in Kigali themed ‘Smart Cities’, brought together Heads of State, First Ladies, Ministers and Government officials in ICT.
Other related sectors which participated in the event such as digital economy, infrastructure, finance, health, education, and energy.
Mayors of African cities, Telecom and Utilities Regulators, Heads of International and Regional Organizations, ICT Industry leaders, innovators and investors and young innovators, Girls and Women in STEM among other stakeholders were also present.
Tumwebaze noted that integration in different government sectors is going to be eased by the big data technology.
“Building infrastructure and developing data plans will enable Integration in transportation, education, health care and many other public services such as providing smart cities and embracing safety,” he noted.
Tumwebaze, however, warned on the security of big data to avoid would be adversed effects and only enjoy the positive side.