In Africa, it is time to implement and implement policies related to digitization, for the benefit of the local population,” said Isaac Gnamba Yao, President of the Universal Postal Union (UPU).
(Cio Mag) – “In Africa, it is time to implement and implement policies related to digitization, for the benefit of the local population,” explained Cio Mag, Isaac Gnamba Yao, President of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), during the Digital Africa Summit (DAS), organized by the group The Algerian Digital Representatives Center (GAAN), from May 31 to June 2, at the Abdellatif Rahal International Conference Center (CIC) in Algeria.
He also added that “having had ample opportunities, seeing what happened elsewhere, and making the correct diagnosis of the real problems, Africa is now called upon to take more practical action by engaging groups active in the digital sphere.”
In the same direction, Sophie Aubert, Director of the French Development Agency (AFD), noted during the panel discussion “Africa will be digitized”, moderated by Kamel Swig, that “the G7 rightly reminded governments of the importance of the participation of groups working in digital for their development.”
The Director of the French Development Agency also revealed that “87% of start-ups do not benefit from the assistance required for their development.”
She finally indicated that the French Development Agency had financed up to 400 million euros a digital identity program for 148 million people in Nigeria, in addition to a telemedicine project and another project related to Information System (SI) in Tunisia. With regard to Algeria, Sophie Hubert preferred not to disclose a program linked to financial inclusion, prior to its approval by the relevant authorities. The speaker warned against the disadvantages of digitization, which “contributes to the geographical and social division.”
The third speaker at the “Africa Will Be Digitized” session, Walid Abdel Bari, Head of the UNDP Exploration Accelerator Laboratory in Algeria, highlighted the UNDP’s contribution, digitally, to the benefit of the African population, citing the case of Namibia where workers working in the field have benefited Informal from the integration into the official market.
The imperative of social, digital and financial inclusion, the building of infrastructures essential for digital development, the contribution of the postal sector as logistics and efficiencies are all factors highlighted during the DAS with the hope that Africa will be compliant with expectations in digital matters.
Gaan . vision
“The Digital Africa Summit (DAS) will be the appropriate framework for synergy between Algerian companies and their counterparts in Africa that are active in the digital field,” Tadjeddine Bachir, President of Jean, noted, citing in this sense the announced prospects between Algeria, Mali and Burkina Faso in particular.
DAS, according to El Bachir, will lead to a better structuring of Algerian digital companies that individually export their services abroad.
He also suggested promoting air transport by opening new direct lines between Algeria and several African countries, which would facilitate the movement of African investors who had previously stopped in Istanbul (Turkey) before landing on Algerian soil.
He concluded by saying, “Our goal is to make Algeria the ‘digital hub’ and the ‘digital Mecca’.”
During the opening, the DAS was enhanced by the presence of twelve ambassadors (Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Madagascar, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Sudan, Mozambique, Benin) and also Professor Mohamed Belhossein, Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation within the Federation African, and Antoine Ngoum, President of the Association of ICT Operators of Senegal (OPTIC).
Startup Village, one of the main events at DAS, is sponsored by Icosnet, a major player in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. About twenty startups are there. Fintech, data, urban technology, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), material removal, are among the topics developed by young Algerian talents.
Ali Morsali, Managing Director of Icosnet, stated that “our support for startups will be scalable. Initially in the technical, marketing and administrative areas, they are called to evolve if we discover interesting proposals from these startups.”
Finally, he revealed that “Ecocent has hosted in its incubator at the University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene of Bab Ezzouar (Ashab) in Algiers.”
Algeria 2.0: The Standard
It should be noted that the Digital Africa Summit, which includes 100 exhibitors, has built its reputation on the footprint of the nine consecutive editions of Algeria 2.0, the primary event for the ICT sector that is reinventing itself with new ambitions. Moreover, during the first day, a large influx of visitors was observed, in contrast to the inaccessibility and geographical restrictions of the Migration Information Center in Algiers.
By Zouhair Zeid, Algiers Special Correspondent
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