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.
Rwanda will 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 third
“We are 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.
Nsengimana 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.
The smart 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.
countries include; Ivory Coast, Gabon, Kenya, Mali, Uganda,
Senegal, South Sudan, Chad, Angola, Rwanda and Burkina Faso.
The Smart Africa
initiative has since set out to reduce call rates among member
countries by implementing the One Africa Network.
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.
targets to build partnerships with governments, academia, and
private sector to increase its relevance in the ICT ecosystem,
according to Smart Africa Initiative authority.
The 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
Rwanda, which 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.