Creating a Smart Africa: How can Africa Harness the ICT revolution for its betterment #digiAfrica

The African Development Bank is this year hosting its 42nd Annual Meeting of the African Development Fund in Lusaka, Zambia. This will take from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th May 2016 at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre. The theme of the 2016 Annual Meetings is “Energy and Climate Change”. Seminars, workshops and other side events related to the theme will commence Monday 23rd May 2016 and will continue until Friday 27th May 2016.

The African Development Bank is therefore inviting the Lusaka ICT Community to attend the session on ICT – “Creating a Smart Africa: How Africa can harness the ICT revolution” #digiAfrica.

If you’re interested, complete this form  with your details and the African Development Bank Annual meetings Team will contact you on how to register. Please note that THIS IS NOT the registration form, once your name is received, and if there are available spaces, you will be contacted by the AfDB annual meetings team. THIS FORM BECOMES IN ACTIVE THURSDAY 19TH 7.00 GMT


Session Name: Creating a Smart Africa – how the continent can harness the ICT revolution #digiAfrica #AfDBAM2016
Date: 23rd May 2016
Time: 14.30 – 16.00
Room: Main Hall, Mulungushi, Conference Centre, Lusaka , Zambia

Globally, there has been an ICT revolution, which rapidly increased in momentum from year 2000. The internet economy has grown larger and faster than could have been reasonably expected back then. But how can Africa really harness the technology revolution to its betterment?
Panelists will share their perspectives on the actions necessary to build modern ICT-supported economies. Learning the lessons from those countries that have burgeoning ICT sectors while also understanding the breadth of application of ICT – from m-health and e-agricultural value chains, through smart power grids and cities to e-government and relations with citizens – is valuable for broad goals of industrialization. Fostering innovation and new ventures, producing local applications, content, services and jobs for young entrepreneurs and youth is also crucial.

H. E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda
Hon. Joseph Mucheru, Minister of ICT, Government of Kenya, formerly head of Google Africa
Hon. Omobola Johnson, Partner, TLcom, Honorary Chairman of the Alliance for Affordable internet and former Minister of Communications and Technology, Nigeria
Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Executive Director, Smart Africa Alliance and former Secretary General of the ITU
Mr. Gordon Graylish, General Manager, Governments and World Ahead Division, Intel Corporation
Mr. Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI)