Themed "Digital Governance for Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development," this Conference 2024 promises to be a catalyst for positive change, due to different events and discussions that will characterize it.
In an insightful interview with Mr. Adeyinka Adeyemi, CEO and Convenor of AFREGOV with IGIHE, details about the much-anticipated Africa e-Governance Conference were unveiled.
The conference is expected to bring together six presidents and 15 ministers responsible for ICT across the African continent.
These presidents and ministers play a crucial role in providing the necessary infrastructure to facilitate accessible and efficient governance for the benefit of their citizens. The event is also set to attract global technology giants such as Google, Microsoft, and Oracle, showcasing the latest technologies available to governments, promoting integrity, and transparency.
The focus of the conference extends beyond technology, incorporating the government side, with representatives from various ministries, departments, and agencies across Africa. The synergy between technology providers and government officials is pivotal in establishing better administration and governance, fostering an environment where people can thrive.
"Social inclusion is the cornerstone for the continent’s progress. By ensuring that governments cater to the needs of their citizens, the groundwork is laid for economic growth, trade, and overall prosperity. The primary objective is to provide a basic technology infrastructure that grants citizens access to government services, empowering them to actively participate in their nation’s development,” emphasized Mr. Adeyemi.
The Africa e-Governance Conference welcomes participants from all walks of life, as it addresses key areas aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, including agriculture, healthcare, transportation, and civic technology. Attendees can anticipate plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and deep dives into six different sectors over the two main conference days.
The third day offers a unique experience as participants venture into Kigali to explore the city and engage with the history and culture. The conference collaborates with Erembo, a prominent e-governance service provider in Rwanda, offering insights into their impactful work.
The benefits of attending the conference according to Mr. Adeyemi are manifold, catering to technology service providers, government officials, startups, students, and businesses across various sectors. It provides a platform for global technology players to understand Africa’s technological needs, fostering collaboration and networking opportunities. Government representatives will also gain insights into innovative solutions, promoting civic engagement and technology adoption.
Among others, the conference introduces challenges, such as the Startup Innovation Challenge, encouraging entrepreneurs to pitch their solutions. The collaboration with Impact Hub and potential sponsorship from Google adds an exciting dimension, providing winners not only with recognition but also financial support to enhance their innovations.
As Mr. Adeyemi concludes, the conference’s impact extends beyond the event itself. Collaboration with organizations like the Sustainable Development Center for Africa and the African Union reflects a commitment to achieving sustainable development goals through consistent interactions between governments and technology service providers.
In essence, the Africa e-Governance Conference 2024 promises to be a catalyst for positive change, fostering social inclusion, sustainable development, and a brighter future for the people of Africa.
Interested participants are encouraged to visit the official website, afregov.africa, for more information and to be a part of this transformative event.