AUC Chairperson, World Bank President and AfDB President To Attend Connected Africa Summit 2024

Connected Africa Summit
Eng. John Tanui, Principal Secretary, State Department of ICT and Digital Economy in Kenya (with black suit centre in front), together with country representatives from African countries during a media briefing session about Connected Africa Summit 2024 in Nairobi in December 2023. [Photo/Courtesy]

Africa Union Commission Chairperson (AUC) Moussa Faki Mahamat, World Bank (WB) President Ajay Banga and Africa Development Bank (AfDB) President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina are the latest global leaders to confirm attendance for the Connected Africa Summit 2024.

The Summit aims to scale investment in Africa’s digital economy by bringing together thought leaders and policymakers to put in place the policies that will be needed to accelerate both infrastructure development and investment in the digital economy as envisioned in the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

The leaders, who will give key addresses at the summit, join a list of six ICT and Communication Ministers representing Sierra Leone, Zambia, Namibia, Somalia, Burundi, and Djibouti and fifteen ambassadors representing African, American, European, Asian, and the Middle East who have also confirmed.

The ministers are Hon. Salima Monorma Bah (Sierra Leone), H.E. Léocadie Ndacayisaba (Burundi), Hon. Felix Mutati (Zambia), Hon. Mudane Jaamac Xasan Khaliif (Somalia), Hon. Emma Theofelus (Namibia) and Hon. Mr. Radwan Abdillahi Bahdon (Djibouti). More Ministers are expected to attend.

Ambassadors from leading technology and investment markets, including the United States of America Ambassador to Kenya, Margaret “Meg” Whitman, and United Kingdom’s Neil Wigan OBE, are also set to attend the event.

Global and African Ambassadors from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Costa Rica, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Malawi, Federal Republic of Somalia, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Senegal, Burundi, South Africa, South Sudan, Turkey and Zimbabwe have also confirmed their attendance. 

The summit will focus on Africa’s ICT priorities guided by the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063, bringing together African Heads of State, First Ladies, African ICT ministers, policymakers, Global ICT firms, Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Innovators to bridge the digital divide while identifying new investment opportunities.

The summit nurtures innovative ideas and partnerships that leverage technology to advance Africa’s development agenda.

The Summit will act as a platform where African leaders can position the African tech agenda in readiness for the UN Summit of the Future to be held in September 2024 and determine their role in green technology and governance of generative AI for African realities.

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