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Since Wednesday of this week, Maputo has been only the second city in sub-Saharan Africa to have an open data programme – the OpenDataton Maputo 2017.
The joint initiative involving Maputo City Council and partners World Bank and Standard Bank will initially consist of a series of discussions on the technology and science of data analysis and processing.
Then there will be a programming marathon in which several teams will develop technology-based solutions through the use of data related to the country’s capital, which will be made available by \ Maputo city council.
Speaking at the launch of the initiative at the Standard Bank Incubator, whose official opening will happen today Friday, August 11, Urban Planning Director Euclides Rangel said that OpenDataton Maputo 2017 was an important event that marks a change in the way services were provided to Maputo residents.
“Maputo Municipality strong believes that embracing this project can guarantee transparency and foster the quality of the services provided to our citizens,” he said.
Rangel also said that open data would give the public a better account of different services and how, for example, the municipality manages the public treasury.
Standard Bank representative Leovigildo Reis reminded those present that Standard Bank, one of the most important in the country, had the radical transformation of customer experience as one of its major guidelines.
In order to achieve this goal, the institution had “reflected on the bank’s strategy and its actions on the availability of digital platforms that allow access to data relevant and useful for the customer’s daily life”.
“It is with great satisfaction that we look at this Maputo City initiative to open up its data, which we believe is a basis for creating innovative and entrepreneurial knowledge,” Reis said.
The leader of the World Bank’s Equity Growth, Finance and Institution Program, Carolin Geginat, said that the Bank supports national public entities in initiatives to fill gaps in the collection, dissemination and access to data.
“This is why the idea of creating OpenDataton Maputo 2017 was born; an initiative through which we intend to empower the local community in the capacity for data analysis, utilization and dissemination,” Geginat said. The
World Bank was pleased to collaborate in a process that would undoubtedly assist the country’s development, she added.Source: A Verdade