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Stakeholders Meet To Validate Draft National Digital Development Policy

Stakeholders from government, the private sector, academia and civil society are meeting tomorrow Tuesday, 26th October 2021, at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel, to validate the draft National Digital Development Policy.

The document has been developed with support from development partners and collective inputs from diverse stakeholders across Sierra Leone’s digital ecosystem consisting of public and private sector.

Over the years, Sierra Leone has not fully leveraged the opportunities associated with the uptake of digital tools and services to drive its economy.

The goal of this Policy is to create the enabling environment upon which national digital transformation initiatives will be anchored.

The National Digital Development Policy is a strategic document that aligns with the government’s Medium Term National Development Plan (MTNDP 2019-2023) of building a digital economy and leveraging ICT to stimulate growth in all sectors of the economy.

It will further support Sierra Leone’s drive to be a globally competitive economy in the knowledge and information age.

Several years in the making, the Policy when approved will serve as a blueprint for the Government to develop citizen centric strategies and mobilize resources for crucial digital transformation needs.

After approval tomorrow, Government and its partners will outline an operational strategy and mobilize financial resources needed to make Sierra Leone’s digital transformation a reality.

The National Digital Development Policy contains five (5) essential pillars where investment is needed and will focus on five cross-cutting thematic areas.

The Government of Sierra Leone expresses thanks to its partners, Smart Africa Alliance and the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), who have provided dedicated technical and financial resources to make the achievement possible.

With their continued support, Government in the coming months will develop the National Digital Development Strategy, Digital Government Roadmap and support Responsible Data Use work.

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