Themes

The key technology themes at MWC Kigali 2024 that explore how we can drive the digital era forward.

Connected Continent

Africa has witnessed a remarkable transformation in its connectivity landscape. The Connected Continent embodies Africa's journey towards achieving ubiquitous connectivity and leveraging emerging technologies to drive socioeconomic development across the region.

With mobile penetration rates soaring and smartphones becoming increasingly affordable, millions of Africans are now connecting to the digital world, enabling them to participate in a global economy and access essential services like never before.

Looking forward, the deployment of 5G technology holds immense promise for the region, offering unprecedented speed, capacity, and reliability in wireless communication. Africa is poised to unleash its full potential and emerge as a global leader in the connected age.

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The AI Future

The transformative power of AI is being demonstrated across the world and is set to revolutionise the continent. Estimated to double Africa’s GDP rate by 2035, AI holds immense promise to drive economic transformation and innovation across industries. Tech-natives are already leveraging AI, automation and data analytics to accelerate social progress and spearhead sustainable solutions to local challenges.

With continued efforts to build human capital, foster collaboration, and promote ethical AI practices, Africa has the potential to emerge as a significant player in the global AI landscape, driving technological advancements and intelligent growth that will be leveraged across the continent.

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FinTech

While driving economic diversification and resilience, empowered by mobile technology, FinTech innovations have been revolutionising the financial landscape across Africa. Emerging technologies such as blockchain, AI, APIs and cloud are revolutionising financial systems, enhancing efficiency, security, and transparency.

These pioneering innovations have driven inclusive economic growth and empowered underserved communities. And as the continent continues to embrace digital transformation, the role of FinTech in shaping Africa's future is vital.

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Africa’s Digital DNA

Home to ground-breaking innovation, Africa’s Digital DNA has spread across sectors. From healthcare and agriculture to e-commerce, music, and entertainment, the influence of digital technologies is being embraced to cultivate a flourishing tech ecosystem and promote a vibrant culture, globally.

With rapidly evolving technology, new opportunities for innovation are emerging by the minute, how are different sectors and young innovators leveraging this and what will define the thrilling next chapter in Africa’s digital transformation journey?

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