Fintech Landscape of Senegal 2022 by Richie Santosdiaz for The Fintech Times
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Steps Taken to Achieve Senegal Digital Strategy 2025 by Creating Data Strategy for Transformation

Senegal has been looking to improve its sustainability and digital sovereignty. The Ministry of Communication, Telecommunications and Digital Economy (MCTEN) has announced a partnership with Smart Africa and GIZ (via its data economy project). Together, the three organisations are looking to work towards achieving the Senegal Digital Strategy 2025 (SN2025).

Through a two-day workshop, completed on Friday, March 24, experts from stakeholder groups and actors of the digital economy met to collect and exchange information on data infrastructures, the regulatory framework, governance and data uses in Senegal.

This workshop was also an opportunity to share the context and objectives of the strategy development project with the entire digital ecosystem.

“Africa’s digital sovereignty relies on the management of its data, the new oil. I therefore particularly welcome the willingness of the Senegalese government to implement a national data strategy to supervise and manage the use of data”, said Lacina Koné, director general of Smart Africa, during the opening ceremony of the workshop in Dakar.

“Senegal intends to perpetuate its commitment to the era of digital innovation based on data to further boost the digital economy by providing added value in areas such as improving the development of public policies or the modernization of public services centered on users,” said Moussa Bocar Thiam, minister of Communication, Telecommunications and Digital Economy.

“GIZ on behalf of BMZ supports the Ministry of Communication, Telecommunications and Digital Economy of Senegal, in partnership with Smart Africa to develop the first data strategy on the African continent contributing to the human-centered digital transformation” added Bjorn-Soren Gigler, PhD, head of data economy and blockchain programs.

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  • Francis is a journalist and our lead LatAm correspondent, with a BA in Classical Civilization, he has a specialist interest in North and South America.

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