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Monday, November 21, 2016

Chad to host first-ever Pan African summit on digital economy, SDGs

Plans have been advanced for the hosting of the first-ever Pan African summit on digital economy and sustainability development goals (SDGs) in Ndjamena, Chadian capital, reports ITRealms.

Confirming this to ITRealms at the weekend after a courtesy visit by the president, African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS-SCASI) Dr. Cissé Kane to Chad President, Mr. Idriss Deby Itno, said that his office received a nod from Chad presidency for the event in 2017.

According to him, His Excellency Mr. Idriss Déby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad, and chairman of African Union (AU) on Friday, gave his agreement to hold the 1st Pan-African Summit on the Digital Economy and Sustainable Growth in N'djamena by first quarter of next year.

The audience during the visit includes Mr. Mahamat Allahou Taher, Chad Minister of Posts and New Information and Communication Technologies and Mr. Bedoumra Kordjé, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Chad.

Dr. Kane also congratulated President Idriss Déby Itno for his vision and pan-African leadership and for having the bright idea of setting up the African Center for Information Technologies (CATI), recalling that he had proposed the organization of such a summit at the WSIS Forum 2016 in Geneva (Switzerland), which received the support of several African ministers, Ambassadors and personalities present in Geneva at the occasion.

ACSIS President pointed out that the Summit
will respond to three major questions, namely on “How to make African countries benefit from resources generated by the ICT/telecom sector in Africa? What concrete financial mechanisms to put in place to get there? How to finance sustainable digital development in Africa?; How to make Africa moving from a consumer status to a real and sustainable actor of the digital economy status?;  What are the priorities for digital resources generated by Africa to be used as leverage for the development of Africa?”

Dr. Kane also emphasized that summit was inspired by four major repositories comprising the African Union 2063 Agenda; Addis Ababa Agenda of Action (2015); the WSIS recommendations, particularly the WSIS +10 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
ITRealms  further recollects that the Pan African organization, the Africa Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS) was formed in June 2003, during the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, to promote open and inclusive information society in Africa.


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Pix: ACSIS president, Dr. Cise Kane and Chad president, Idriss Deby during the visit.

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