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Africa’s problems are a fertile breeding ground for innovation. Those who see problems as opportunities can become successful entrepreneurs, by harnessing technology to invent solutions that improve access to education, healthcare and social services. Africa must enable environments for local innovations to flourish and ultimately feed the Global Knowledge Economy.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:46

Davos 2014: Africa's Next Billion

The World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos brings together over 2,500 world leaders, government officials, academics and CEOs among other influential leaders of society, in a three day meeting that aims to shape the year’s global economic agenda.

The 2014 edition will theme around the Reshaping of the World and its Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.

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The ‘2013 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT’ was hosted on December 2-3, 2013 as a significant part of the African ICT week that took place at the African Union HQ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This event organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT/P8 EU/FP7 funded project, is the sixth of a series of very successful conferences organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT Initiative under the aegis of the European Commission and the African Union, in the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategic Partnership (JAES).

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Linking Africa’s emergence to that of Big Data, in this exponential era, Africa can leapfrog stages of development which advanced economies had to pass through, straight to the tech frontier, without worrying about adapting old systems to cope with the data it creates.

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A beautiful example of the transformative power of information technology in Africa and an extract of World Bank, African development Bank and African Union joint study report.

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