Bridging the digital divide: Digitalisation and technology for inclusive growth

Taking full advantage of the digital transformation of the economy and society

The world is entering a digital age. Africa and the developing world can leapfrog by using smart digital technologies. Taking full advantage of the digital transformation of the economy and society is an effective means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and address major challenges such as creating livelihoods for growing populations and social inclusion, as well as refugees and displacement of populations. Lack of connectivity remains an issue for deploying e-services and e-projects in Africa. This gap corresponds to growing socioeconomic inequalities in African countries. Affordable and inclusive connectivity is a major issue, together with digital skills and literacy. How can we ensure that no one is left behind as we enter the digital age?

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Speakers

Moderator
Sasha Rubel
Programme specialist
UNESCO
Inès Tatiana Houndjo
Young Leader - Benin
Mariya Gabriel
EU Commissioner, Digital Economy and Society
European Comission
Princess Abze Djigma
Chair
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma Foundation
John-Paul Hemingway
CEO
SES Networks
Pierre Guislain
Vice-President, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization
African Development Bank
Hisham Ezz Al-Arab
Chairman and Managing Director
Commercial International Bank, Egypt (CIB)