Kagame welcomes Google and WestLink to Smart Africa Board

On 11 November 2021 at 09:00

President Paul Kagame has welcomed Google and Westlink to the Board Committee of Smart Africa Alliance.

Kagame who is the current Chairperson of Smart Africa board welcomed new members on Wednesday 10th November 2021 at the 10th meeting.

“I welcome you to our 10th board meeting. Please join me in welcoming two new board members: Google and WestLink. We are very happy to have you with us,” he said.

Smart Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government 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.

The 10th Smart Africa board meeting brought together participants from over 30 countries from the African continent and partners working together to accelerate Africa’s socio-economic development through digital transformation.

Google is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, a search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware among others.

WestLink is a subsidiary of Africa Development Solutions Group, a company which operates as an integrated platform specializing project management, as well as in the provision of services and equipment, servicing African states, African and foreign multinationals and people of the continent.

Smart Africa is an alliance of 32 African countries, international organizations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda.

With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market.

Launched in 2013 by seven (7) African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 32 member countries, representing over 815 million people and over 40 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

Google and WestLink recently joined other international and African technology firms as members of Smart Africa including Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Microsoft, Facebook, Inmarsat, Liquid Telecom, Orange, Intel, Ericsson, Huawei and Tata Communications & Transformation Services.

Smart Africa also partners with international organisations such as the International telecommunications Union (ITU), the African Development Bank (AfDB), Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) and the World Bank among others.

President Paul Kagame has welcomed Google and Westlink to the Board Committee of Smart Africa Alliance.