Transform Africa Summit 2017: Word from the Executive Director Dr Hamadoun Touré

 

Cities are engines for economic growth, and particularly for the African continent that has experienced the highest urban growth during the last two decades at 3.5% per year and this rate of growth is expected to hold into 2050.

It is anticipated that the share of the African urban population, which was at about 36% in 2010, will increase to 50% and 60% by 2030 and 2050 respectively. With the growing need for urban management, there’s an increasing necessity for intelligent planning of cities to make informed decisions about the correct choice of infrastructure and supporting technology.

Transform Africa Summit 2017 will be a highly interactive conference and exhibition that will showcase homegrown, cutting-edge technologies, real-world solutions and proven strategies government leaders need to build more livable, workable, sustainable cities.

It will explore how Smart Cities can respond to a growing number of challenges and issues related to water management, energy management, mobility & transport, housing & building, health, education, sustainable environments and public safety.

Participants will have an opportunity to debate and experience the next wave of innovative, integrated technologies that are already helping cities around the world become more compassionate, connected, responsive and sustainable.

The summit features the unveiling of key action documents: the Africa Smart City Blueprint outlining the plan achieving the Smart Africa goal and the Africa Smart Women and Girl initiative which will be presented by the First ladies of Africa highlighting the crucial role Women and Girls play in African’s digital transformation agenda.

Africa’s time is now. As technology drives mobility and connectivity in urbanized societies, African cities continuously seek to establish new infrastructure and city systems that will enable transition, and position them as global leaders and next generation cities.

The summit will focus on how smart cities’ innovations can, and will drive to faster deliver Africa’s socio-economic transformation and real business revenue.

For more info about Transform Africa Summit 2017, you can go directly to the following link https://www.smartafrica.org/tas17/ 


Transform Africa Summit 2017: Word from the Executive Director Dr Hamadoun Touré