About the session
This session will be a contribution to the operationalization of the Douala Consensus adopted at the 33rd session of the ICE (Cameroun, September 2017), and the 34th session of the ICE (September 2018, N'Djamena, Chad) on the financing of industrialization in Central Africa.
The main objective of the thirty-fifth session of the ICE is to consider ways and means to better mainstream the digital economy into the economic diversification strategies of the sub-region to accelerate its structural transformation, and to pool the efforts of all Central African countries in terms of digital technology, to set up an integrated digital ecosystem.
The specific objectives of the session are:
To take stock of the digital economy in each country of the sub-region ;
To raise awareness on opportunities to integrate the digital economy into economic diversification strategies of the sub-region ;
To highlight the strengths of the sub-region’s digital economy, including start-up innovations ;
To identify opportunities and challenges for the development of a relevant and sustainable digital ecosystem at sub-regional level ;
To come up with recommendations for strengthening the digital economy in the sub-region, taking into account identified opportunities and challenges ;
To identify the main sources of funding for digital economy development programmes in the sub-region ;
To pool donors to finance projects for the development of the digital economy in the sub-region.
It will bring together a wide range of high-level stakeholders, including government officials, representatives of key regional bodies (AUC, CEMAC, ECCAS, ITU, etc.), private sector players in the digital economy, bilateral and multilateral development partners (AfDB, World Bank, etc.), senior officials from United Nations entities, civil society and the academia.
Concept Note (Draft)