Contacts Monde and Tunisie-Afrique-Export share the same goals, while co-engineering the success of Sitic Africa-Canada, the Forum on African Digital Potential, that of creating avenues for collaboration between Africa and Canada on TIC.

Africa’s future depends on its ability to quick-start and sustain a technological revolution from within. Such processes are steadily taking shape and several majors infrastructures projects are underway that benefits from support and financing from national institutions and governments as well as international organisations and financial institutions.

One such prominent example is that of the Konza Technology City currently being planned in Kenya and that seeks ‘to contribute to the consolidation and harmonization of innovation efforts by supporting the creation of a vibrant Innovation Ecosystem’ in Africa.

The African Union has also deployed several major and commendable projects across the continent, including the much-needed African Initiative of the Great Green Wall (IAGMV). IAGMV “operational approach is holistic, ecosystem-based, multi-sectoral, integrated development, taking into account the interactions triptychs EDC Environment / Climate / Development. (…) The overall objective is first, to fight against desert encroachment by the proven practices of sustainable land management and strengthening and protection of natural resources and systems of production and processing…”.

Now is therefore the time to take on African markets ripe for intrepid technological innovation, courageous business ventures, and fair cooperation. Creating the space for decision-makers in business and government, from both Africa and North-America, to meet and discuss the African digital potential is the first step towards that goal.

What role can Canadian and North-American enterprises and institutions play in the continent? Let’s discuss this further on the 14th and 15th October of 2019 at the International Forum on African Digital Potential in Montreal.

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