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Highlights from 10 November during the virtual Africa Tech Festival. Going virtual in 2020 presented an excellent opportunity to make our events infinitely more accessible both within Africa and beyond.

Key takeaways from 2020

Webber Wentzel was invited to speak at Africa Tech Festival. Here are some of their key takeaways:

KEY MESSAGE 

Africa represents the greatest opportunity for exponential tech growth, and the global COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated both the need for tech adoption and the opportunity for investment. What is needed is a concerted & collaborative effort by all players to remove some of the main digital inclusivity barriers facing Africans, in order to unleash Africa’s potential to become a leader in the 4IR. 

KEY DRIVERS FOR ACCELERATING AFRICA’S DIGITAL FUTURE 

1 Improve infrastructure: broadband & fibre connectivity; access to and affordability of mobile devices.

2 Increase connectivity: speed, quality & cost of data & internet connection; improve digital literacy. [Africa has the highest growth rates globally in mobile & data traffic – Ericson Mobility Report] 

3 Improve policy & regulatory environment: key to attract investment and encourage market development through innovation, partnerships, entrepreneurship, job creation & knowledge sharing. 

“350m internet users in Africa in 2019, which is more than 20 times that of 2005, however, digital inclusion remains a key barrier in Africa.” Alioune Ndiaye, CEO – Middle East and Africa of Orange


Africa Tech Festival 2020 - CNBC Africa
Africa Tech Festival 2020 - CNBC Africa

"Featuring Africa’s most prominent digital thought-leaders from organisations including Safaricom, MTN,International Trade Centre, United Nations Economic Commission for Africaand more, the Africa Tech Festival Headliners will share their insights on the most important topics in African technology, telecommunications and innovation."


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Africa Tech Festival Highlights


For 24 years, AfricaCom has brought together the tech, government and telco community to design, build and run a better digital world. From 9 - 12 November 2020, AfricaCom became a virtual event as part of the Africa Tech Festival.

#StudentNight: Virtual Africa Tech Festival

Hear from Africa Tech Festival Portfolio Director, Tom Cuthell, about the upcoming Africa Tech Festival - the largest tech and digital connectivity conference and exhibition in Africa.

WATCH THE CONTENT ON-DEMAND

Your virtual on demand ticket gives access to the entire online event including both the AfricaCom and the AfricaTech exhibitions and the AHUB start-up zone.