Data science, artificial intelligence will propel Africa’s economy, Okonjo-Iweala submits
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Data science, artificial intelligence will propel Africa’s economy, Okonjo-Iweala submits

- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has said that data science and artificial intelligence will help Africa's economy

- Okonjo-Iweala said Nigerians have the potential of being more productive if their skills are maximised

- The economist said the government does not only need to focus on education but ensure they are giving people right skills to face the future

The former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that educating students in data science, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and computer science are things that make Africa progress in the future.

Okonjo-Iweala, who is also the chairperson of the board of governing council of African University of Science and Technology (AUST), made this known at the institution’s graduation ceremony in Abuja, Daily Trust reports.

The economist also said that Nigerians have the skill to be more productive if their skills are more harnessed.

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“Right now, six out of the 10 fastest growing economy in the world are from Africa. Countries like Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ghana, Cote d’ivoire, Senegal are all doing very well. Hopefully Nigeria and South Africa will soon join them because they are the two largest economy on the continent,” she said.

She said that though the institution is a great one, it needs the government to support with the right policies.

“We need government to put in supporting policies and to pay attention to education, what type of education and field, not just education. Are we giving our young people the right skill to compete?

"Are they being trained to be analytical not just what they learn in school with the brain? That is what will be needed because we don’t know what the job of the future will be like.”

“If we train people to be analytical, they will be able to adapt and develop the right skills and jobs,” she added.

She also asked the graduands to both be good ambassadors of the school and the country.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Okonjo-Iweala said she would contest for the post of World Bank’s president once again.

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Okonjo-Iweala disclosed this in an interview with Richard Quest on CNN on Thursday, January 24. In the interview, she said if she was nominated for the job at World Bank and she is up to it, she would do it. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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