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    Transform Africa Summit 2019

    Last updated: 19 May 2019

    Transform Africa Summit 2019 was held on May 14-17, in Kigali, Rwanda, under the theme “Boosting Africa’s Digital Economy”.

    The summit brought together over 4,000 participants, including heads of state and government, UN Broadband Commissioners, ministers, regulators, governors, public and private sector officials, international organizations, industry leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, young innovators, civil society and academia.

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat participated in the summit on behalf of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. He attended the opening session, and participated in Smart Africa initiative board meeting, and other sessions of the summit.

    During the meeting, chaired by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Smart Africa strategic plan over three years was presented, as well as the major projects carried out in this regard.

    Moreover, Talaat met with Kagame, on the sidelines of the meeting. They discussed the outcomes of the discussions held between Talaat and Rwanda’s Minister of ICT and Innovation Paula Ingabire, on enhancing cooperation between the two countries in ICTs and exchanging experiences in topics of common interest, including promoting digital economy and establishing technology parks.

    The two sides, also, discussed Egypt’s experience in establishing technology parks and the Knowledge City in the New Administrative Capital. This is in addition to the African App Launchpad (AAL) initiative that Egypt launched to train and qualify 10,000 African young people in digital games and applications, using the latest technologies, and promote establishing 100 Egyptian and African startups in this field.

    In addition, Talaat met with the Minister of Digital Economy and Post at Côte d'Ivoire Claude Isaac Dé. They discussed implementing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries in ICTs, especially digital transformation, cybersecurity, establishing technology parks, developing and building technological capacities.

    Furthermore, Talaat met with representatives of Babylon Co., specializing in Artificial Intelligence(AI), where they discussed the digital system that the company is carrying out for communication, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

    The ICT Minister, also, met with representatives of Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA). He explored the e-services that RISA provides to citizens, and discussed cooperation in digital transformation.

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