The 2017 edition of Transform Africa Summit is set to open in Kigali, Rwanda this week on May 10 and run for three days till may 12, 2017.
Transform Africa Summit an annual African forum which brings together global and regional leaders from government, business and international organizations to collaborate on new ways of shaping, accelerating and sustaining Africa’s on-going digital revolution. Geared towards connecting, innovating and transforming the continent into a knowledge economy thereby driving global competitiveness and job creation, Transform Africa Summit’s aim is to enable Member States to become more competitive, agile, open and innovative smart economies with the most favourable business climates that attracts large-scale investments, reward entrepreneurship and enable fast growth and exports, leveraging ICT innovations to transform African nations into smart societies.
The summit’s inaugural edition held in Kigali, Rwanda on October 28 – 31, 2013 culminated in the adoption of the Smart Africa Manifesto document that aims to put ICT at the centre of National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries ; improve access to ICT especially Broadband ; to improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT promoting the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication ; to put Private Sector first ; and to leverage ICT to promote sustainable development.
SMART Africa is a commitment to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies.
Smart Africa secretariat is headquartered in Kigali, and made of all African countries adhering to the Smart Africa Manifesto. Its founding members include the African Union (AU Commission, NEPAD Agency, specialized institutions and Regional Economic Communities), International Telecommunications Union (ITU), World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), GSM Alliance (GSMA), ICANN, African Telecommunications Union (ATU) and the Private Sector.
The 2017 Transform Africa Summit programme can be downloaded from the event website.