2019 Annual Adebayo Adedeji Lecture


Digital transformation of Africa: hype or reality?

The media are awash with reports that Africa is going digital. As the developed world, on which the continent depends for technology, is going digital, Africa has no choice but to follow. The future competitiveness of Africa’s economies and the prosperity and security of its people depend on the speed and depth with which it goes digital with the rest of the world. Digital technologies and digitally enabled technologies can allow African countries to advance the frontiers of their development, to meet the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to realize the aspirations of Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.

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