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Digitization is key to Africa’s development: UN official



United Nations

– Digitization is key to achieving the global sustainable development goals and Africa’s 50-year development agenda by 2063, a United Nations (UN) official has said.

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Antonio Pedro, Acting Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), underscored the importance of partnership and collaboration to boost digital connectivity in Africa as the continent strives on the path of economic transformation. with the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement. Area Agreement.

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Pedro made the remarks during a high-level session held under the theme “Universal, Affordable and Meaningful Connectivity” as part of the ongoing Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2022, which runs from November 28 to December 2. in Addis Ababa. capital of Ethiopia.

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Pedro said that the African Union Commission’s digital transformation strategy was an excellent framework for prioritizing digital infrastructure and accessibility as a prerequisite for achieving digital transformation and prosperity in line with Agenda 2063.

He said UNECA is promoting broadband expansion efforts in African countries, which will have a substantial impact on regional cooperation and integration in Africa.

According to Pedro, to solve the digital gender gap in Africa, UNECA has been running coding camps for girls and young women under the “Connected African Girls” initiative.

The 17th IGF takes place under the theme “Resilient Internet for a common, sustainable and shared future”. ■


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