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African Ministers of Education and Information Technology will be heading for Kigali next week, reports ITREALMS.

The Rwandan capital will host the annual Ministerial Round Table (MRT) meeting at eLearning Africa, the continent’s largest conference on technology assisted learning and training.

The theme of the MRT will be ‘Towards a Knowledge-based Economy’ and the ministers are expected to discuss the possible effects of a global ‘fourth industrial revolution’ on Africa. With machines increasingly likely to replace human workers in a number of key industries, the implications for African governments, businesses and citizens are potentially enormous.

However, a ‘fourth industrial revolution’ may offer African economies an opportunity to ‘leapfrog’ their competitors and the ministers will consider what African Governments and businesses need to do to make the most of a new era of rapid technological change.

Rebecca Stromeyer, the founder and organiser of eLearning Africa said “Many African economies are actually in quite a strong position. Unlike the so-called ‘advanced economies,’ they don’t have to waste huge resources trying to restructure tired, old industries. Many of them can start from scratch and they have a great deal to offer potential investors. They are resource rich and they have the world’s most youthful population, which is bound to attract investors and entrepreneurs.

“The key thing now is to focus on giving young people the modern skills they need and creating a climate which encourages innovation and creativity. If African Governments do that, Africa can lead the world.”

At the eLearning Africa Ministerial Round Table, Ministers will focus on discussing practical measures, which can be implemented quickly to give Africans a chance to take advantage of what is likely to be a new era of opportunity.

Ministers, deputy ministers and senior officials from the following countries have confirmed their attendance at the MRT:
Angola - Secretary of State for Higher Education and Secretary of State for Professional Technical Education
Benin – Minister of Secondary Education and Professional Technical Education
Congo – Minister of Professional Technical Education and Minister for Higher Education
Djibouti – Minister of National Education and Professional Education
Egypt - Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports
Equatorial Guinea - Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports and Minister of Transport, Post & Telecommunications
Gambia - Minister for Basic & Secondary Education and Deputy Permanent Secretary of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology
Ghana - Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports
Lesotho – Minister of Communications, Science and Technology
Liberia - Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Youth and Sports
Mali – Minister of Youth
Senegal – Cabinet Director, Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
Uganda - Minister of ICT

Uj. N. Dominic/GEE

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