AFRICA COMMITS TO LEVERAGE ICT TO ACCELERATE DEVELOPMENT

RWANDA, African Heads of State and government present at the recently concluded Transform Africa Summit have pledged to advance the continent's digital transformation.

The leaders noted that they recognise the role of ICT in fast-tracking development of their countries and the continent.

Speaking on behalf of the Presidents who attended the summit, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou said that governments had agreed that no efforts would be spared until the alliance's objectives are achieved.

He noted that the governments recognise the role of technology in achieving respective national objectives as well as the continent's development ambitions.

"Our governments will spare no efforts to ensure that Smart Africa is achieved," he said.

President Issoufou commended President Paul Kagame and Rwanda for spearheading ICT uptake and using technology as a transformative agent.

He said that his country was keen on replicating lessons from Rwanda to advance his country's digital transformation.

During the summit, Rwanda and Niger agreed on a partnership that will see them cooperate to promote Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and signed an agreement.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Summit that ended in Kigali yesterday.

The three-day summit was attended by eight Heads of State and government; President Ibrahim Boubacar KeA�ta of Mali, President IsmaA�l Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada of SAPound o Tome and Principe, Vice-President Inonge Wina of Zambia, as well as Prime Ministers Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet of Gabon and Francisco Pascual Eyegue Obama Asue of Equatorial Guinea.

The summit brought together over 4000 delegates from 80 countries including about 300 mayors.

During the summit, countries adopted a smart cities' master plan which will act as the roadmap in the development of smart cities across the continent.

The summit's agenda included a First Ladies' Summit during which they highlighted the need to ensure that there was gender equity in the process of ICT adoption.

The First Ladies summit ended on a high note with the adoption of The Kigali Africa Smart Women and Girls Declaration that among other things aim at increasing access, affordability and safety of technology for women and girls across the continent.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK