Today, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has become an integral part of modern societies and are omnipresent, constantly transforming lifestyles. ICTs provide real time borderless communication and almost unlimited access to a range of services. Technical developments have improved our daily lives with online banking, Mobile Data Services and Voice over Internet (VoIP) a few to mention. The availability of ICT and network-based services offer a number of advantages for the society in general. ICT applications, such as e-Government, e-Commerce, e-Education, e-Health and e- Environment, are considered as enablers for socio-economic development, particularly due to their ability to deliver a wide range of basic services in remote and rural areas.
Africa continent continues to be one of the fastest growing in ICT and there are several avenues for growth in the ICT sector from e-commerce and e-services, mobile technologies, applications development, and automation to become regional Center of ICT professionals.
To reiterate the relationship and commitment between India, Rwanda and other African countries, the India Africa ICT Expo is a first-time event in Rwanda-Kigali, following other successful similar events that happened in different African countries and this time it will take place at the Kigali Convention Center from 5th – 6th August 2019. Under the theme ‘India-Africa Summit: Accelerating Africa’s Digital Transformation Agenda: The summit is expected to attract over 500 participants, including Ministers of ICT and Communication, Public & Private Sector, International Organizations, Industry Leaders, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Young Innovators, Civil Society and Academia.
The India Africa ICT Expo is organized by the ministry of ICT & Innovation, Government of Rwanda and the Ministry of Communication & commerce of the Government of India with the support of Telecom Equipment’s & services Export Promotion Council (TEPC)
This Conference will bring together over 100+ ICT companies from India and other African Countries, Participants Will discuss constructive pathways to leapfrog Africa’s Digital Transformation by creating sustainable Partnership for Africa Innovators to realize their full potential Hence contributing to the Socio-economic transformation
The Conference will also offer a platform for dialogue between governments and the private sector to seek lasting technology solutions to deliver Africa’s socio-economic transformation. It will also provide a space for young innovators from Africa to showcase their potential for creating home grown innovation.
|Monday 5th August 2019 (EXHIBITION INNAUGURATION & OPENING)|
|08:00 - 09:00||
|Inauguration of the exhibition|
|09:00 - 09:45||
Lighting of the lamp
Guided tour through the exhibition
|SUMMIT: Accelerating Africa’s Digital Transformation and Innovation through partnership with India|
|9:50 - 10:50 (MH-1)||
Event introduction to dignitaries
Esther Kunda & Alice Higiro
|10:50- 11:50 (MH-1)||
Session description: In-depth discussion of the conference theme by a high-level panel with a focus on “Needed policies and regulatory frameworks to accelerate Africa's digital transformation and innovation”.
As a result of digital transformation and employing the use of innovation technologies; People, firms, and governments live, interact, work and produce more efficiently than in the past. Policy making institutions are required to be proactive to properly harness digital technologies and leverage these unprecedented benefits.
This discussion will cover the role and impact of a harmonized policy and regulatory frameworks in accelerating the digital transformation and innovation technologies on the African continent, sustaining the labor mobility, partnerships, Technology & knowledge transfer between Africa & India.
|11:50-11:55||Signing of the MoU between C-DOT & Smart Africa Alliance|
|11:55 – 12:30 MH-1||
Innovation and Startup across Africa
To be able to accelerate innovation and economic development in Africa, governments and businesses must collectively cultivate an environment that.supports innovation-driven enterprises and increases entrepreneurship. To drive growth, emphasis should be on strengthening incubation services, essential networking platforms, and mentorship opportunities for start-ups as well as entrepreneurial educative courses for young innovators. As Africa embarks on this innovation journey, emerging technologies such as AI, block chain, IoT and R&D, will be big contributors to the building of a sustainable innovation eco-system.
This panel will examine how we can boost productivity and allow entrepreneurs to develop and launch solutions that solve African problems using technologies.
|12:30 – 13:45||Networking Lunch by Invitation|
|13:45 – 14:45||
Session description : Impact of broadband connectivity for digital transformation in Africa
The information revolution that is sweeping the rest of the world has approached Africa. The continent is recognizing the opportunities, challenges, and complexities of the information society. While the impact of this revolution is tremendous, the grand vision of Africa in this era of digital transformation and ICT ecosystem is to enhance quality connectivity, full internet access until the last mile.
Africa realized the value of broadband connectivity, ICT smart devices penetration for its ecosystem transformation and interconnect all African capitals, major cities, and remote areas. The panelist will discuss the impact of having broadband connectivity last-mile, access to devices, both in urban and remote areas as a catalyst to accelerate digital transformation in Africa.
|14:45 -15:30 (MH-1)||
Session description : ICT Skills in Accelerating Digital Transformation and Innovation
Skills development, R&D and capacity building are some of the crucial enablers for transformation. As much as Africa has taken action through the last years on further education it still needs to focus on more improvements to build edge-cutting talents and right skills for the future.
The panel will discuss the impact of skills development in digital transformation, hallenges faced and opportunities for capacity building programs in the ICT field across Africa.
Moderator : Josephine Nyiranzeyimana, Chief Information Officer, RISA
|16:00- 17:00 (To be arranged privately)||
Pre scheduled meeting
Facilitator : TEPC
|19:00 – 21:00||Networking Dinner by Invitation (MH4) - Sponsored by CDOT & RCB|
|Tuesday 6th August 2019 (THE NEEDED COLLABORATIONS)|
|08:30 – 09:00 (KCC)||Arrival & networking|
|9:00 – 10:00 (MH-1)||
Session description : Public service digitalization is not government job only, it is a collaborative effort between government and private sector.
Globally, everybody recognizes the role of ICT in promoting government initiatives and driving service delivery. However, it should not only be the responsibility of the Governments to drive the digital transformation agenda but rather a stronger involvement of the private sector. Digital transformation has revolutionaries the operations of different sectors in agriculture, education, finance, Governance.
This session will discuss the role of the private sector, academia, civil societies in accelerating the digital transformation agenda focused on the best business models that fit African markets:
Moderator : Athan Tashobya, Media Anchor-RBA
|10:00 – 10:30||HEALTH BREAK|
|10:30 – 12:00 (MH-1)||
Session description: India–Africa Government & Private Sector Cooperation for Shared Prosperity
India and Africa have long standing trade relations. Africa has the fastest-growing market/that presents immense investment and business expansion opportunities for private sector across domains such as Trade, Industry, Agriculture, Education and Health.
The panel will discuss the available opportunities on collaboration with African Governments, allowing them to invest in scalable ventures on the continent.
Moderator : Mr. Munish Gupta, President, India Rwanda Friendship Forum
|12:00 – 13:30 (KCC)||NETWORKING LUNCH|
|14:00 – 14:20 (MH-1)||
|14:20 – 16:00 (MH-1)||
Pre scheduled meeting
Event organizers: : TEPC