Africa’s challenge for the next decade is to build on the African mobile wave, which has birthed mobile banking, to create innovative digital services in other sectors and continue the transformation. This will require creating frameworks for technological R&D and innovation by supporting intergovernmental and government-private sector collaborations.
The global scale of the Internet, the ubiquity of mobile devices, the ever-declining costs of cloud computing and storage, and an increasingly networked physical world create an explosion of data unlike anything we've seen before. “From the very beginning of time until the year 2003,” says Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, “humankind created five Exabyte of digital information. In 2013, five Exabyte are produced every ten minutes”.
Inclusive Growth in the Digital Age
How can populations benefit from the digital age on more equal terms?
Dimensions to be addressed:
- Confronting income and wealth inequality
- Investing in education and work-based training
- Addressing vulnerable employment
NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) and Andalem announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a hub office for East Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.