SMART Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).
The Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda on 28th-31st October 2013 culminated in the adoption of the Smart Africa Manifesto document by 7 African Heads of States (Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Mali, Gabon, Burkina Faso) in which they committed to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICT’s. The vision of Smart Africa is to develop Africa into a single digital market by 2030. The organization brings together 30 member countries, representing over 750 million people and over 40 private sector members all committed to the vision.
ZIBS becomes the first Chinese Knowledge Partner of Smart Africa
Smart Africa and Zhejiang University are pleased to have concluded a partnership, making ZIBS the first Chinese Knowledge Partner of Smart Africa.
Smart Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socioeconomic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and usage of information and communications technologies. This partnership builds the knowledge base in innovation and best management practice to bring value and growth throughout the pan-African digital economy that is currently being built.
As a knowledge partner, ZIBS brings expertise from China in the use of technology in innovative industries, such as FinTech, which is helping create the inclusive access to financing and financial services needed to serve markets in Africa. ZIBS, and its affiliated research platforms, produce and disseminate knowledge that is particularly relevant to the development of the African digital economy. Its learning programs address topics linked to innovation, leadership and transformation, targeting learners from undergraduate through senior executives.