Africa: change requires digital technology

These are the resolutions of the 5th edition of the Africa 4.0 ICT and Digital Days held on August 30 and 31 in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

By Mahamat Ben Abdel, in Yaoundé

Mbang Sama is convinced. For the professor of digital transformation based in Germany, “Thanks to the Smartphone, we won’t have to go out to shop anymore. We’ll order and find everything at home. Large cities will be intelligent (autonomous).  No domain will be left out! “, he said on August 31, at the opening of the 5th edition of the Africa 4.0 ICT and Digital Days, at the Hilton Hotel in Yaoundé, Cameroon. “In our ever-changing societies, digital leadership will make a major contribution to the development of a country,” he says.

By 2025, the economy will be 100% digital

To survive in a globalized and more competitive world, it is necessary to keep pace with technological change and the demands of the time. This is the idea shared by the different actors of this edition of IT meetings. On the economic level, for example, companies will transform themselves in many areas. The farmer will be able to make his forecasts and cultivate by getting information via his smartphone and internet. On the health side too, the patient will be able to diagnose his illness by connecting with his doctor on the web. All these technologies are available today. All you have to do is know how to use them. Challenges to be taken up so that Cameroon can take the train in motion, although it has the advantage of being one of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa where Smartphone penetration is very high. It is a question of setting up adequate infrastructures to make it a great success.

Politicians are aware of the issues

Placed under the high patronage of the Cameroon Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, the Yaoundé digital meeting whose theme was: “African digital know-how, entrepreneurship and innovation in the era of industry 40” was the opportunity for the Cameroon authorities to place the subject at the centre of their policy. According to the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications (Minpostel), Minette Li Libom Likeng, who opened the meeting, these days are focused this year on innovation and entrepreneurship. Objective : Contribute to the definition of public policies promoting the digital transformation of the administration and promote their implementation in favour of the youth; participate in the elaboration of financing strategies for innovation, entrepreneurship and the emergence of a digital ecosystem, through youth training and job creation through the digital technology.

By Mahamat Ben Abdel, in Yaoundé

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