As technology drives mobility and connectivity Africa is now at the Verge of Smart Cities. In urbanized societies, African cities continuously seek to establish new infrastructure and city systems that will enable transition, and position them as global leaders and next generation cities.
The summit features the unveiling of key action documents: the Africa Smart City Blueprint outlining the plan achieving the Smart Africa goal and the Africa Smart Women and Girl initiative which will be presented by the First ladies of Africa highlighting the crucial role Women and Girls play in African’s digital transformation agenda.
This event features this great Leaders from Africa namely; President Kagame of Rwanda, President Issoufou of Niger, President Guelleh of Djibouti, President Keita of Mali, Prime Minister Trovoada of Sao Tome and Principe, Vice President Inonge Wina, Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet of Gabon, Prime Minister Francisco Pascual Obama Asue of Equatorial Guinea.
Africa is rising up and this time round it is getting bigger and bigger, better and more smarter. This is the focus of the Transform Africa Summit held in Rwanda’s capital Kigali last week.
Since its inception in 2013, the African forum brings together all stakeholders from the continent and beyond to accelerate Africa’s on-going digital revolution.Rwanda unveiled the Smart Cities Blueprint to serve as a catalyst to fast-track ICT-driven initiatives in African cities.
This event was hosted by Mr Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda and held in the capital, Kigali, from 10-12 May 2017 took place under the theme: “Smart Cities: Fast Forward,”—a topical theme—as the next wave of innovative, integrated technologies is already helping cities around the world to become self-reliant and sustainable.
The Executive Director, Dr. Hamadoun Touré of Smart Africa of smart Africa have this word to share with us;
Cities are engines for economic growth, and particularly for the African continent that has experienced the highest urban growth during the last two decades at 3.5% per year and this rate of growth is expected to hold into 2050.
It is anticipated that the share of the African urban population, which was at about 36% in 2010, will increase to 50% and 60% by 2030 and 2050 respectively. With the growing need for urban management, there’s an increasing necessity for intelligent planning of cities to make informed decisions about the correct choice of infrastructure and supporting technology.
Transform Africa Summit 2017 will be a highly interactive conference and exhibition that will showcase homegrown, cutting-edge technologies, real-world solutions and proven strategies government leaders need to build more livable, workable, sustainable cities.
It will explore how Smart Cities can respond to a growing number of challenges and issues related to water management, energy management, mobility & transport, housing & building, health, education, sustainable environments and public safety.
Participants will have an opportunity to debate and experience the next wave of innovative, integrated technologies that are already helping cities around the world become more compassionate, connected, responsive and sustainable.
Africa’s time is now. As technology drives mobility and connectivity in urbanized societies, African cities continuously seek to establish new infrastructure and city systems that will enable transition, and position them as global leaders and next generation cities.
Africa have taken a very bold step towards technology, and trust me the continent is blessed with a lot of great tech geeks.I think there is nothing that can stop a strong desire for technology.Africa Rise the time is now.