The 6th edition of the Digital Transformation Conference in Africa, which is currently taking place at the Ministry of Finance and Economy in Paris, keeps all its promises.
Actors from the world of politics, digital, IT Managers met to make a number of recommendations in relation to their vision as experts on what should be the investment in digital in Africa, in terms of infrastructure, content development, training and human capital.
Human capital, a fundamental lever of digital technology in Africa
Ahe speakers, regardless of their field of expertise or country, all stressed the importance of human capital, which must be at the centre of the chessboard in Africa in order to make the most of the current digital shift. Today, African youth is a consumer; it must become a digital player. Beyond the training plans to be deployed throughout the continent, it is the creativity of African youth that must enable the continent to become one of the most advanced regions of the world in the digital world.
Mohamadou Diallo, Director of Publication CIO-Mag and organizer of the Conference on Digital Transformation in Africa, explains : "In Africa today, there are local experts in strategic professions, but it is now necessary to develop and train "intermediate classes" such as senior technicians. This is one of the major challenges of digital development over the next few years. The second task will be to ensure that once trained, they remain in Africa in order to fully contribute to the realization of the many projects on the continent. »
Digital technology is today a concrete solution to reduce certain divides in Africa's development, particularly in education and health.
The gender issue was also discussed at length during the first two days, with the need to integrate women into all digital functions.
Digital is changing the relationship between Europe / Africa: from consumption to co-production!
The Assises of Digital Transformation in Africa, is this year a preamble to the AU-EU summit to be held in Abidjan on 29 and 30 November.
During these first two days, European and African decision-makers and experts offered us enriching exchanges on various themes such as: digital diversification, digital development of territories, Mpayment, E-citizenship.
With a common objective, that of providing recommendations and bilateral solutions to the problems of African States in terms of structures and digital content.
Patrick Mbengue, President of the Groupement des Opérateurs du Secteur des TIC en Côte d'Ivoire (Gotic) : "We are in the process of defining a paradigm shift in cooperation, particularly in the digital field, between Africa and Europe. The two continents are in a win-win relationship, Europe has become aware that Africa's development is also theirs".
Jérôme Grûber, Digital Director of Agence Française de Développement: " This event is an opportunity for the French Development Agency to refine our listening to local needs and demands. The many actors in the field who take part in these conferences enrich our thinking in order to continuously evolve our methods of intervention to strengthen the impact of our actions in a sustainable way. »
What's the next step? The establishment of Africa-Europe skills clusters, country by country, with digital solutions impacting all economic and societal sectors to fundamentally transform Africa.