Everything is ready for the first African Digital Forum
The first edition of the Africa Digital Forum (ADF), organized by AIDEC Consultancies International Limited, is scheduled for tomorrow, August 25, 2021, at the prestigious Best Western Premier Hotel, Airport Residential, in Accra.
the Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Wamlele Mene and the Minister of Communication and Digitization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful; who will deliver the opening speech, will honor the occasion as a guest of honor, with the “father of the Internet in Africa” – Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor, as chairman.
Dubbed the Accra Edition and with the theme: “The Digital Challenge: Africa’s Opportunities Under AfCFTA”, the Forum will bring together key stakeholders from policy, regulation, industry and academia to deliberate on the need, challenges and opportunities of digitization in harnessing the potential presented by the continent-wide free trade area.
The Forum will also consider policy directions that can drive an economic recovery, project timelines for these policy directions to start producing visible results, and advice on how Ghana, and other countries in the AfCFTA, can avoid political pitfalls that negatively affect the economy. .
Offering further information on the rationale for the Forum and its expected outcomes, AIDEC Consultancies International Limited CEO Mr. Ambrose Yennah said that Accra has been chosen as the destination for the first edition as it is currently serving of domicile at the AfCFTA Secretariat.
“This gathering of regulators, academics and businessmen; from Club 100 companies to budding small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and even non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will ensure that the most relevant issues facing all stakeholders are discussed and solutions proposed, ”he said. he explains.
Continuing, he said: “We are very concerned about the application of digitization to ensure that goods and services meet pre-requisite standards, especially for the English and French-speaking markets – which represent the largest on the continent – as well as ‘other markets. “
In a similar tangent, AIDEC Consultancies International Limited’s board chairman, Professor Robert Yennah said the Forum would serve as a platform for regulators to educate stakeholders in their respective spaces on policy issues. It will also provide indigenous institutions that focus on digital solutions for businesses with a ready platform to showcase their products and services.
“We have been able to pool some of the best indigenous human resources in the ICT field, which can provide solutions for large multinational corporations, as well as small businesses struggling to be part of the digital world. “
The first edition of the Africa Digital Forum (ADF), which will be broadcast on all major platforms, will bring together players from the manufacturing, financial, fintech and real estate sectors, as well as start-ups, entrepreneurs and private investors. .