Professor Manamba Opens Data Science Africa Conference 2022

Deputy Rector, Academics, Research and Consultancy- Institute of Accountancy Arusha (IAA), Prof. Epaphra Manamba has officially opened the conference of Data Science Africa 2022 which will be held for five days at the Institute.

Prof. Manamba has said that it is a great honor for the Institute of Accountancy Arusha to host the conference that will be helpful for young people at IAA and Tanzania at large, especially in to data processing, evaluation and various uses of data in the real sectors.

"Without data, you cannot make any decisions. For instance, without recent data (information), you cannot predict that it will rain or that there will be price fluctuations in the future. Data science is therefore crucial for decision-making across all economic sectors, especially in business, technology, and agriculture "Prof. Manamba added.

According to Dr. Theophil Assey, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Accountancy in Arusha (IAA), the issue of data processing depends on a number of technological advancements; through this conference, Tanzanians will learn new skills from participants from other technologically advanced nations in processing and evaluating data on the economy and other crucial areas.

Dr. Dinna Machuve, a member of the Data Science Africa Board, stated that the introduction of curricula in Data Science and Machine Learning, as well as increased focus on capacity building for lecturers in higher education, are two recommendations, she made to the government due to the need for knowledge of (Data Science) processing and evaluation due to changes in science and technology.

Collins Emasi, a conference attendee from Kenya, noted that while meeting other young people from other countries and discussing progressive views is the largest benefit of attending the conference, he has learned a lot overall.

For the first time, this conference was held at the Institute of Accountancy Arusha (IAA), and participants came from a variety of nations, including Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, England, the United States, and Tanzania. They also included lectures, students from higher education institutions, and experts in "Data Science."