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Digital Disruption in Africa-Mapping Innovations for the AfCFTA in Post Covid Times
28 Jan 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The COVID19 pandemic has highlighted the impact that digital innovations can have in resolving some of the most critical global challenges. Digital solutions have been the lifeblood that has helped many businesses and economies stay afloat in these times of crisis. In Africa the use of digital solutions is nothing new, indeed the continent is recognised for its utilisation of mobile-based payment systems including M-Pesa and many other innovations. Digital solutions have also been hailed by the African Union (AU) and other international bodies as critical for Africa’s development and growth.
As the world pivots into the digital economy, trends are showing that digital innovations will continue to play a key catalytic role in supporting not only post-pandemic recovery but also sustainable growth and prosperity benefiting Africa and helping to support the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Across many economies in Africa, digitisation has been used to leapfrog over traditional banking and landline telecoms infrastructure, helping businesses to innovate and scale up operations.
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