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Under the patronage of HE Macky SALL, President of the Republic of Senegal and current Chairman of the African Union
The 11th edition of the Conference on Digital Transformation in Africa
December 15 and 16, 2022
UNDER THE THEME
The Conference on Digital Transformation in Africa (ATDA) brings together each year the main decision-makers of the African digital ecosystem to discuss the challenges of digital construction. Platform for high-level meetings between Africans, Asian Europeans and Americans since 2011.
The ATDAs allow participants to exchange best practices, identify new partners and new business opportunities on the continent.
True to its commitment as a catalyst for good practices, the ATDA aims to bring together African and European actors, from the public and private sectors, civil society and donors around issues related to the challenges of digital transformation on the continent.
After the Digital African Tour (continental roadshow on 9 countries), the objective of these two-day meetings is to allow actors to reflect together on key issues to be addressed in order to contribute to deepening the themes to be addressed during the meetings. This involves setting up a collective intelligence platform with a roadmap and recommendations. In a context of urban policy management, several initiatives are emerging on the African continent. Harmonization and feedback are needed to bring out best practices.
Déjà, en octobre 2017, en réunissant à Bercy, plusieurs centaines de décideurs du digital, les ATDA avaient servi de plateforme aux acteurs public et privé (africains et européens) pour échanger sur les priorités à adresser aux Chefs d’Etats de l’UA et de l’EU pour une meilleure prise en compte des besoins lors du Sommet UE/UA tenu à Abidjan. Un mémorandum avec 11 recommandations avait été soumis en vue du Sommet EU /UA tenu à Abidjan tenu en décembre 2017.
C’est cette même ambition que nous entendons reconduire en 2022 à Genève. En 2021, nous avons célébré les 10 ans des Assises à l’Ecole Polytechnique de Benguerir au Maroc. Malgré la pandémie, l’édition 2021 a tenu toutes ses promesses.
A triptych that suits the challenges of the moment marked by full digital and the risks linked to the extensive interconnectivity between systems and the use of new technologies by organizations worldwide. The exponential growth of needs hitherto little or not covered in such vital sectors as in health, education, agriculture, trade or even the transfer of funds brings up inherent risks.
Beyond trust, the basis of all economic activity, inclusion has become a key issue in order to avoid any form of fracture between the fringes of the population without distinction of any kind.
All under the prism of the North-South partnership. These are the issues that the 11th edition of the ATDA promises to address on December 15 and 16, 2022 in Geneva.
The Conference on Digital Transformation in Africa (ATDA) brings together each year the main decision-makers of the African digital ecosystem to discuss the challenges of digital construction.
Promoting the development of digital technology that is both inclusive and responsible1
Boosting creativity with a new generation of entrepreneurs3
Between entrepreneurial ecosystems in Africa and the rest of the world2
From a new deal in a south-south and north-south dynamic thanks to digital via a new entrepreneurial story4
Unique in promoting best practices between administrations, international organizations, private companies and civil society Ultimately, the ATDAs main objective is to contribute to the emergence of innovative solutions for the improvement and acceleration of Africa's development.5
As part of its action plan, CIO Mag is renewing the ATDAs in 2022, an annual meeting for digital transformation. The city of Geneva will host this 11th edition, which is part of the Digital African Tour.
Quite simply, without trust, you cannot build a viable digital ecosystem. At a time when Africa is asking legitimate questions about its sovereignty in sovereign areas such as food, economic and financial security, digital technology provides answers and becomes a foundation on which almost everything should be built.
Digital trust is a sub-element of digital sovereignty. In the same way, the healthier the business environment, the better the confidence with investors.
To hatch more unicorns in innovative sectors such as Fintech, E-Commerce and more generally in the management of critical data, it is necessary to establish a business framework with a regulatory and legal environment both homogeneous and transparent.
Africa has gone, in ten years, “from a digital luxury to a digital survival”.
Today, more than ever, the deployment of resilient and sustainable infrastructure is relevant for Africa.
Because from hybrid work to hybrid war, there is only one step. From the onset of the covid 19 pandemic, the world has been able to adapt to mobility constraints thanks to the resilience made possible by digital systems which have made it possible to save entire sections of the economy.
Teleworking or hybrid work has enabled business continuity even if there is an upsurge in inherent risks.
Likewise, the world is watching with amazement the ravages of hybrid warfare following Russia's armed attack on Ukraine.
This new form of war in modern times is marked by disinformation campaigns on social networks and sabotage of information systems as childish as they are dangerous, so that the world will not come out unscathed.
This further confirms the need to ensure the conditions for lasting sovereignty. The growth of connectivity is also accompanied by an increase in risks of all kinds. This acceleration of digital coverage should not, however, conceal the so-called emerging risks.
In the all-digital era, we are witnessing interconnectivity between systems and the use of new technologies in business activities. It is obvious that the stakes are significant and the “danger” linked to a system interruption is clearly identified. From this point of view, Africa is characterized by its great vulnerability and the evolution of risk exposure linked to the environmental and operational context is more than topical.
Because digital is a tool for inclusion par excellence. Thanks to digital technology, ubiquity is no longer science fiction. Just with a connected telephone device, banking becomes a reality to access all kinds of services related to digital finance, access to E-learning, telemedicine, E-Commerce platforms, etc. In short, a means quickly and effectively to reduce inequalities between genders and social origins and thereby also reduce poverty.
As a collective intelligence platform, the ATDAs aim to strengthen cooperation between Africa and the rest of the world. By choosing Geneva to host this 11th edition, the objective is to promote and strengthen multilateralism as a means of achieving growth and prosperity that is shared and above all beneficial to all. It is also a privileged means of building bridges between Africa and Europe.
Based on the diversity and richness of the actors that make up the Geneva economic ecosystem, this 11th edition of the ATDA promises to be a great success. Several large organizations have already expressed their support for this initiative, including the President of the State Council of the Canton of Geneva, international organizations (with the support of the International Telecommunications Union and the International Trade Centre), non- government (with the support of Hackeurs sans Frontières).
Multinationals (with the support of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services and several multinationals such as Huawei, Orange, Atos, Inetum etc…).
SMEs, startups, academic and research institutes. To jointly build the conditions for growth that is both inclusive and shared. A true high mass of companies engaged in digital transformation where will be present: decision-makers, managers, CIOs, politicians... who will debate around the evolutions of digital transformation and their impacts on our societies.
More than ever, the Covid-19 pandemic crisis has raised awareness about digital disruption. It is about celebrating a decade at the service of African digital transformation.
ATDA is first and foremost a collective intelligence platform.
Faithful to its commitment as catalysts of good practices, the ATDA aims to bring together African and European actors.
The leading event for transport infrastructure in French-speaking Africa.
Benefit from extensive media coverage before, during and after the event.
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Seize unique business opportunities.
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Discover innovative infrastructure processes.
Meet your future customers in one place.
Participate in strong moments of exchanges and Networking.
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