For a long time, Africa was considered “the poor relation” in terms of the development of new technologies. In recent years, Africa has proven its ability to deploy quality mobile networks to facilitate Internet access. The gradual integration of new information and communication technologies helps encourage economic innovation and improve competitiveness. As for the implementation of e-commerce, it is a real success! Take the example of CoinAfrique to realize it! African states therefore have every interest in investing in new technologies to boost the economy and development of their countries.
The challenge ahead
Current technological advances represent a powerful lever for economic growth. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are attracting many investments in Africa. The tax revenues generated are significant. In addition, they open up new perspectives on the labor market.
ICT can be thought of as a hub offering the possibility of delivering continent-wide public services and increasing the participation of African citizens. ICT therefore represents a real opportunity.
However, States are faced with many challenges: developing the skills of populations to align them with the needs of industries linked to ICTs and the knowledge economy, transforming these new technologies into engines of growth and providing access to these ICTs. most important.
What are the preferred solutions?
Each African country must set up innovative public-private partnerships. The latter must play a catalytic role to encourage investment from the private sector in the field of new technologies.
It is also essential to facilitate the development and competitiveness of companies working in the field of ICT and to support innovation around these new technologies and especially in the technological entrepreneurship sector.
Adopting these measures will transform Africa, which can finally develop. However, this approach is based not only on in-depth knowledge of new technologies but also on building relationships with governments to encourage them to integrate new technologies into the delivery of public services.
The example of Kenya
Kenya is considered to be the most innovative country in terms of adoption and use of new technologies. The proof ? The city of Konza City known as Silicon Savannah.
This project, initiated in 2008 and amounting to more than $ 14 billion, reflects a real anchoring of new technologies on the African continent. This should allow the creation of more than 200,000 jobs by 2030.
Since its launch in 2008, this project has resulted in the emergence of start-ups and incubators and initiated the launch of new initiatives. According to Haweya Mohamed, CEO of Afrobytes, Africa’s inclusive development can only be achieved if a connection is made between African and European tech. Hence the importance of supporting this type of action.
New technologies constitute a real springboard for the economic and social development of Africa. This sector must nevertheless evolve. States must realize the power of ICTs and plan for financial and human investments.