Data and digital data governance in the public sector have become increasingly important in Governments’ modus operandi and real-world applicability. Data are now integral to every sector and function of government—as essential as physical assets and human resources. Much of the operational activity in government is now data-driven or data-centric, and many Governments would find it difficult, if not impossible, to function without data.
This Global Forum seeks to address existing challenges and gaps in national digital data governance, data management and cooperation, focusing on enhancing the institutional capacities of countries to utilize, manage and govern data in a comprehensive, objective and evidence-based manner, through regional and global cooperation. The aim is to build awareness and develop institutional capacities in building national data governance frameworks in developing countries, especially those in Africa and the Asia Pacific region.