Communication, Collaboration and Cooperation. The touchstones of ITU Telecom World, and of the ITU itself, are also the driving force behind a bold and innovative commitment to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development across an entire continent – Smart Africa.
Launched during the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali on 28th – 31st October 2013, Smart Africa brings together African governments, the private sector and international organizations to promote and ensure affordable access to broadband and ICTs in general, ushering Africa into the knowledge economy.
Current partners of the Smart Africa initiative include Burkina Faso, Gabon, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tchad, Uganda, as well as GSMA, AU Commission, NEPAD Agency, UNECA, AfDB, the World Bank and ITU.
The SMART Africa manifesto, which is at the heart of the ICT agenda in Africa was endorsed by all Heads of State and Government of the African union at the 22nd Ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa.
Each member country committed to developing and implementing Smart Country programs with clear targets and milestones which will be strongly aligned with the Smart Africa Manifesto pillars: Policy, Access, E-government, Private sector/Entrepreneurship and Sustainable development.
International and private sector members committed to support financially, in kind, technically or otherwise to ensure the realization of the vision, programs and activities of Smart Africa.
Through the Smart Africa scholarship fund, each country will champion a Smart Africa Flagship Initiative ranging from ICT Industry development, SMART cities, Youth Innovation and Job creation, Digital Economy, Green economy to Digital literacy.
Four of the countries are present on the showfloor this year, showcasing ICT industry evolution, projects and investment potential of the continent – and representing the Smart Africa Alliance for the first time at ITU Telecom World.
Visit the Smart Africa Zone on the showfloor to find out more, or come to the Smart Africa Panel Lunch on Tuesday 9 December, where ministers of all four nations will be present. It’s an inspirational initiative, and a testament to the power of working together, sharing knowledge, ideas and experience to move forward into the digital future. Together we are stronger!