Kenya launches digital economy blue print for Africa at Summit

Thursday 16th May, 2019
Kenyan President Uhuru-Kenyatta
KIGALI, May 16, (Xinhua/GNA) - Kenya on Wednesday launched a digital economy blue print for Africa, aimed at guiding African countries towards the adoption of digital technologies in order to participate and thrive in the digital global economy.

The digital blue print outlines five pillars for the development of the digital economy, which are digital infrastructure, presence and use of digital services platforms to enable public service delivery, digital business, innovation-driven entrepreneurship and digital skills and values, said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the launch during the opening of the 5th edition of Transform Africa Summit, in the Rwandan capital Kigali.

He called on African states to adopt the blue print to achieve accelerated digital transformation on the continent.

The blue print highlights "crosscutting issues" such as legal and policy frameworks, emerging technologies and data management, he said.

"Kenya is ready to share with Africa, our experiences, and learn from each other and to work together in our journey towards digital and economic transformation on the continent," the president said.

The summit that runs through Friday has brought together about 4,000 participants including policymakers, regulators, young innovators and officials from Africa and beyond.

Presidents of Rwanda and Mali as well as the secretary general of the International Telecommunication Union were also present at the summit.

GNA