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Leveraging Digital Transformation in the post COVID-19 era: The State of African Countries (Panel)
Digital technologies have immense potential to transform economic and social interactions and are opening up new possibilities for increased transparency, accountability and citizen participation in policy-making and service delivery.

Africa continues to trail behind other regions, especially when it comes to access, affordability and usage of ICTs. Once the “ripple effect” of COVID starts to hit international trade and investment flows, such divergences between “network-ready economies” and “laggards” may be amplified, the report adds.

Portulans Institute, in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), will host a virtual panel on the Africa region’s progress in network readiness and digital transformation. In this panel, Portulans co-founders will present the 2020 Network Readiness Index results, highlighting regional data.

This session targets all stakeholders involved in nurturing and building a digital ecosystem.

Program and Speakers

12:30-12:50pm: Opening Session

• Keynote address by Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, UNECA
• Presentation of 2020 NRI Results by Dr. Bruno Lanvin, Co-Founder and Director, Portulans

12:50-13:50pm: High-Level Panel Discussion

• Moderated by Mr. Oliver Chinganya, Director, African Center for Statistics, UNECA.
• Ms. Rebecca Enonchong, CEO, AppTechs
• Ms. Cina Lawson, Minister of Digital Economy and Telecommunication, Togo
• Ms. Chepkemoi Magdaline, Founder and Executive Director of EldoHub, Kenya
• Hon. Alhagie Mbow, Member of Parliament, The Gambia and Pan African Parliament
• Mr. Nii Narku Quaynor, Former Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Information Technology Agency, Ghana
• Mr. Hamadoun Toure, Minister of Digital Economy, Mali

1:50-2pm: Closing Remarks by Dr. Lanvin and Dr. Songwe.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #NRI2020 @PortulansI.

Nov 30, 2020 12:30 PM in Nairobi

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