For the first time the Transform Africa Summit will be held outside Rwanda from the 26th to the 28th of April 2023 at the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
This will be the will the 6th edition of the presitigious gathering which gathers over 5000 delegates from more than 100 countries to engage on the digital transformation of the continent across multiple sectors.
On Wednesday, the Smart Africa delegation arrived in Harare and visited Dr. Beullah Chirume, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courrier Services.
They took the opportunity to discuss general updates and progress made towards the upcoming Transform Africa Summit.
The TAS 2023 will once again underline the commitment of African Governments towards accelerating Africa’s digital agenda.
“2023 is a landmark year for Africa’s digital transformation”, said Mr. Lacina Koné, Director General and CEO of Smart Africa.
During the summit the public will be allowed to access exhibitions and multiple discussion panels and roundtables.
President, Emmerson Mngangagwa of Zimbabwe, will open the summit and welcome other Heads of State including President Paul Kagame of Rwanda the Chairman of the Smart Africa Board who will convene a Board meeting at the summit.
According to organisers, the summit will also explore the importance of a strong data governance system that can drive informed decision-making and fuel innovation.
Delegates at the summit are scheduled to explore the potential of digitalID in Africa and tackle a major challenge of an estimated 500 million people on the continent that live without any legal identification.
Since Agriculture in Africa is still lagging both in production and technology, the summit seeks to explore various innovations that could buttress the sector.
Delegates are scheduled to talk about the impacts of Agritech on Africa and opportunities in the sector.
In the last 5 years, African AgriFood Tech Startups have been able to raise up to U$ 1.1 Billion, and last year only, U$482.3 Million was raised.
The summit will also engage in a discussion on the role of connectivity in driving innovation and growth. Africa’s mobile penetration will be 50% by 2025, accounting for 600 million mobile connections.
As Africa seeks to implement the Continental free trade regime, the summit als seeks to explore the latest advancements and success stories in digital trade across Africa.