In an exciting development, Zambia is set to welcome more than 600 delegates from across Africa for the Digital Government Africa Summit. Scheduled for October 4th to 6th, 2023, in Lusaka, this summit aims to delve into the digital possibilities of the continent.
Felix Mutati, the Minister of Technology and Science, announced that the summit, graced by President Hakainde Hichilema, intends to promote and revitalize an inclusive and resilient digital economy in Zambia and across Africa.
During a media briefing at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka, Minister Mutati revealed that the event would attract Technology and Home Affairs and Security Ministers, Multilateral Agencies, and Technology experts. Their collective goal is to formulate strategies that foster digital transformation throughout the continent.
He also highlighted that Zambia boasts one of the most extensive fiber-optic networks on the continent, positioning it as a leader in digital connectivity. A digitally connected African economy holds immense promise for enhancing trade platforms and breaking down artificial border barriers.
Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister Jack Mwiimbu emphasized the paramount importance of digital transformation for a country’s prosperity and development. He assured delegates of his office’s commitment to ensuring complete security during the summit, noting that it would pave the way for digital development that transforms how Africa communicates globally.
Furthermore, John Glassie, CEO of Brains, emphasized how hosting the Digital Africa Summit would enhance Zambia’s various electronic government platforms. He highlighted that digitalization has the potential to transform the national economy by bringing services closer to the people. Mr. Glassie noted that e-government initiatives have streamlined bureaucracy, reduced paperwork, and made services more accessible to citizens.
The UPND Manifesto underscores the importance of stimulating science and technology and driving innovation across various sectors of the country’s economy. The hosting of the Digital Government Africa Summit aligns with Zambia’s vision for a digitally empowered and connected future.