KIGALI, (Xinhua) -- Experts
in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) from across Africa and
beyond are set to convene in the Rwandan capital Kigali next month to discuss
the transformation of Africa using the power of technology.
host the third Transform Africa Summit 2017, from 10th-12th
May, that will primarily focus on developing smart cities in Africa using the
power of ICT.
reporters on Tuesday, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwanda minister of youth and ICT
said that Rwanda’s spearheading the smart cities agenda in Africa was a reason
why the country has been chosen to host the high level technology summit for a
expecting to host close to 3,000 delegates from African countries under Smart
Africa Initiative and over 300 mayors of cities across Africa to showcase the
components of a smart city. We believe that economic transformation of our
continent must be driven by the ambition of using the power of technology to
increase access to markets and information for business,” he noted.
said that the forum will include different side events such as Smart Women
Summit, Africa Smart Cities’ forum while the youth will be given platform to
pitch their ideas to potential technology investors.
cities initiative, which aims at leveraging technology solutions to improve
efficiency of cities, is backed by 11 African countries while more nations are
expected to join.
member countries include; Ivory Coast, Gabon, Kenya, Mali, Uganda, Senegal,
South Sudan, Chad, Angola, Rwanda and Burkina Faso.
Africa initiative has since set out to reduce call rates among member countries
by implementing the One Africa Network.
technology drives mobility and connectivity in urbanized societies, African
cities continuously seek to establish new infrastructure and city systems that
will enable transition, and position them as global leaders and next generation
cities,” said Hamadoun Touré, executive director, Smart Africa Initiative.
initiative targets to build partnerships with governments, academia, and private
sector to increase its relevance in the ICT ecosystem, according to Smart Africa
conference will gather heads of states from several African countries, heads of
Smart Africa organizations, delegates from UN Broadband Commission on digital
Development, technology chief executives, technology experts and young
innovators from a cross Africa and beyond.
hosted Transform Africa Summit in 2013 and 2015, is among a few countries in
Africa that have rolled out a high-speed 4G broadband network that delivers
download speed of up to 100 Megabytes per second.