Digital transformation in Burkina: A prospective and inclusive national vision in formulation

On September 12, 2022 in Ouagadougou, the Ministry of Digital Transition, Posts and Electronic Communications (MTDPCE) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) organized a study scoping workshop for an in-depth analysis ( mapping) of digital policies and strategies with a view to formulating a forward-looking and inclusive national vision of digital transformation. The purpose of this activity was to examine the stages of achievement of the various objectives of the study and to validate the methodology and the work schedule.

Burkina Faso has placed Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) at the heart of its development priorities. In this vision, the country has benefited from the support of the UNDP through the “offer 2.0 for inclusive digital transformation” project. With a view to taking into account all the country’s digitalization policies and strategies, the initiators of the project called on a pool of consultants to carry out a study. It is within this framework that this meeting was organized to analyze and validate the stages of achievement of the objectives of the study, the methodology and the duration. 

The workshop was chaired by the Minister of Digital Transition, Dr. Aminata Zerbo/Sabané. In her speech, she thanked the UNDP for its support and congratulated the participants for their mobilization. According to him, the conclusions of this study will make it possible to formulate the prospective national vision on inclusive digital transformation in Burkina Faso. “This vision will allow us to follow and achieve our development ambitions through the acceleration of the achievement of the AU Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” she added. 

It is a study composed of 5 stages, namely the preparation (methodology and chronogram validation), the collection and analysis of data, the technical and strategic consultations/reviews, the restitution of the reports/provisional deliverables and the production of the reports/ final deliverables of the mission. 

According to the UNDP resident representative in Burkina Faso, Elsie Laurence Chounoune, this study could help to amplify the achievements, to anticipate the challenges and possible obstacles and to mobilize more for the digital future of Burkina Faso.

The total duration of the consultation is 60 working days. “Ultimately, it will produce a mapping and analysis report of existing policies/strategic documents in the different sectors, a prospective study report on inclusive digital transformation, an executive summary and a PowerPoint presentation of the two final approved deliverables. by the competent structures of the Burkinabè public administration and a final report of the mission”, informed the Technical Secretary for analyzes and strategic studies, Yaya Traoré. 

Issouf Tapsoba


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