President Ruto Calls for Pan-African Cooperation During 2024’s Connected Africa Summit

At the 2024 Connected Africa Summit held in Nairobi Kenya, President William Ruto highlighted the need for African countries to come together and create a unified strategy, for digital advancement. In his address, the President emphasized the significance of establishing a synchronized framework to drive the continent towards becoming a player in trade and innovation.

His vision centers around the establishment of a Network of ICT Authorities to govern and integrate digital transformation initiatives. Additionally, the president noted that by aligning digital policies and strategies, African nations can accelerate progress in bridging the digital divide while fostering economic prosperity.

Africa’s digital infrastructure is currently falling behind compared to regions, with limited access to mobile and broadband Internet services. President Ruto in his address, pointed out that despite the availability of various technologies, a good number of the population was still unable to fully utilize them.

The importance of inclusion cannot be underestimated. President Ruto stresses its impact on creating job opportunities while reducing poverty and driving economic growth. To fully reap the benefits, he emphasizes the need for a digital workforce and efforts to bridge the digital gap.

President Ruto envisions a future for Africa’s digital economy with predictions indicating that there’s a significant growth potential by 2050. The continent’s young population offers a chance to foster innovation while leveraging emerging technologies.

International allies such as the United States and the European Union have shown their support for Africa’s initiatives. US Ambassador Meg Whitman highlighted the beneficial nature of cooperation while EU Ambassador Henriette Geiger underscored the transformative power of a unified digital market.

Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi echoed President Ruto’s views by emphasizing on technology’s role in promoting prosperity across Africa. The presence of players from organizations, like COMESA and Smart Africa further demonstrated their collective dedication to advancing the continents digital agenda.

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