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Transform Africa Summit 2018 Kicks Off in Kigali

Kigali has woken up to the 4th edition of the Transform Africa Summit taking place at Kigali Convention centre  commencing May 7th up to 10th May.

Being an important summit, President Paul Kagame on Sunday combed through Hotel Radisson, Kigali Convention Centre, before the commencement of this gathering.

President Kagame wants to ensure that preparations are complete to host over 4000 delegates from 90 countries and the summit has attracted 100 exhibitors.

Just like in previous successful editions, the summit attracts Heads of State and Government, First Ladies, UN Broadband Commissioners, Ministers, Public and Private Sector, International organisations, Industry leaders, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Young innovators, Civil Society and Academia.

Transform Africa Summit a flagship event for Smart Africa, will be conducted under the theme ‘Accelerating Africa’s Single Digital Market’.

For Kagame who also doubles as Chairman of the Smart Africa Board believes that If technology is entrenching divides, rather than equalising opportunities, then it is not harnessed well.

“Access to technology information must also not distinguish between rich and poor. So long as women and girls are lagging behind then we are not on the right track. We must deliver on technology’s promise to bridge divides, rather than deepen them.”

He also said that the move towards an ICT and knowledge driven economy together intends to increase Africa’s competitiveness in the global economy.

Kagame believes that ICTs have the ability to level the global playing field, unlock human capital and harness its full potential.

Unique about this year’s summit is the First Transform Africa Economic Forum, a Government to Business engagement which will take place on 7 May 2018.

Meanwhile Ministers and Cabinet Secretaries at this forum will engage with a targeted audience of business leaders and high net worth investors on investment opportunities and areas of collaboration.

This summit is also informed by the recently signed Continental Free Trade Area agreement (CFTA) – thus the theme of the summit is a call to embrace one solution that will increase the pace at which we realise the benefits of the CFTA, this solution being “Digital” – A Smart CFTA.

President Paul Kagame made a visit to Hotel Radisson, Kigali Convention Centre, today before the commencement of the #TAS2018.

What are highlights of the Summit?

Leaders’ Summit

This involves a High level dialogue between Heads of State, private sector business leaders and executives of international organizations on creating a single digital market for Africa.

Transform Africa Economic Forum 

These selected delegates (Gold and Platinum delegates)will participate in an exclusive government to business engagement forum discussing the disruptive yet enabling and strategic role of ICT for the rapid transformation of Africa.

Understanding Blockchain technology 

Several experts will make sense to blockchain technology which until recently has been associated with crypto currencies such as Bit coin and platforms like Ethereum. Experts will explain what this disruptive techonology can do to business.

Digital Healthcare

This hub will explore, how Africa will adopt  and harness the technology driven innovation that is already disrupting healthcare across the globe by increasing capabilities and improving experiences between medical professionals and patients.

The 4th Industrial Revolution Hub

Robotics, drones, artificial intelligence, IoT, big data will be explored in detail with presentations and roundtable discussions.

Smart Africa Women’s Summit

Africa’s leading women in both the public and private sector will explain their strategic interventions being pursued to empower women and girls to participate in the digital economy.

Smart Africa Exhibition

Global exhibitors will be showcasing their innovations and technologies that aim at transforming governments and business in Africa into a digital economy and society.

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