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The Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa programme was created to strengthen the influence of pro-poor African coalitions at global economic governance for a through policy research and stakeholder engagement.
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 15:20

South Africa: Options to Regulate Data Flows

Written by  Martina F Ferracane

GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, February 2018

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South Africa is in a privileged position to become the regional hub for provision of data processing services and other innovative digital services. In order to do so, the country should promote the free flow of data, allowing local companies to extract the benefits of data created regionally. This policy briefing provides clear economic arguments to support a regime of free data flow in South Africa and shows that restrictions on movement of data have detrimental effects on productivity, innovation, access to information, investment and ultimately the growth and welfare of the country.

Author: Martina F Ferracane