Full speech by Dr MOSSO Rosine, representing the Director of ENSEA….
Mrs Marly BAH, representative of the Government of Quebec in Cote d’Ivoire, Miss KOffi Marlène, Project Coordinator, and trainer, dear fellow lecturers, dear students, ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I take the floor this morning on behalf of the Director of ENSEA, Dr KOUADIO Hugues on mission, to welcome you to this day of presentation of the students’ work.
This day is organized as part of the activities of the project to disseminate techniques for processing large volumes of data initiated by the University of Montreal through the Macroeconomic Policy and Public Policy Laboratory and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée (ENSEA of Abidjan).
Ladies and gentlemen, this project aims to support the efforts of ENSEA in training an African elite, capable of responding effectively to the needs of our States by drawing on the experience of Canada and more particularly Quebec.
Indeed, ENSEA, in its vision of developing and updating the supply of statistical training in Africa, has decided not to remain on the sidelines of this data revolution. Several actions have been taken to achieve this goal, including the opening in 2017 of a Master programme in Data Science in partnership with HB INP in Yamoussoukro and X-polytechnique with the support of Orange Foundation.
In addition, we have the continuation of the advanced statistical deepening path in the 3rd year of the Senior Statistician-Economist (ISE) towards Big Data issues and finally the signature of a partnership with SEEJEN CI, a structure working in the field.
Similarly, aware of the major role that digital technology plays as a growth and competitiveness engine for African countries, ENSEA has decided to devote the second edition of the International Conference on Statistics and the Applied Economy (CISEA) to the theme “Statistics and the Digital Economy”.
This conference, held from 17 to 19 June, gave rise to panels and sessions to present and discuss research articles presenting innovative methods for producing and using data and statistics in order to properly assess the digital development process, understand the resulting socio-economic issues and its impact on people’s living conditions. I would like to remind you that Miss Koffi Marlène was one of the panelists during this edition of the CISEA.
All this reflects the particular interest of ENSEA directorate in this training course, which will provide a solid basis for all students before they leave for their internship and enable them to apply these tools in their various host locations. It should be recalled that a Python refresher course was given to students by SEEJEN CI to make it easier for them to follow Miss KOFFI Marlène’s lessons.
Ms. Representative of the Government of Quebec in Cote d’Ivoire, it is important to highlight the diversity of students enrolled in the Senior Statistician-Economist (ISE 2) programme. Indeed, eight (8) African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Togo) are part of this class of 45 students. This is a major asset in terms of reinvesting the knowledge gained from this training.
At this point in my remarks, I would like to thank, on behalf of the Director of ENSEA, the Canadian government for its cooperation with the State of Cote d’Ivoire. Its commitment reflects its willingness to support the strengthening of Ivorian managers in all new promising professions for job creation and productivity gains.
ENSEA is also involved in the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada’s project to conduct studies on how the gender dividend could be capitalized to improve women’s contribution to the economies of ECOWAS countries.
In conclusion, I would like to thank you for your presence, Madam Director, despite your busy schedule.
Long live the cooperation between the Government of Canada and more particularly the Government of Quebec and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, I thank you for your kind attention.