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EVENT: Connecting and Empowering Africa through ICT: Microsoft4Afrika initiative
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Event Date: 04 June 2013 to 05 June 2013

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The Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative was launched in February 2013 with the aim of actively engaging in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness.

For two days, European policymakers young generation, civil society leaders, government elites, MEPs and entrepreneurs, will get the chance to discuss how technology can best help Africa and drive economic growth across the continent. They will also get the chance to visit our exhibition center and see first-hand, live demonstrations of some of the 4Afrika tech initiatives.

Day 1, Tuesday, 4 June 2013 - Policymakers dinner debate

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is transforming African businesses and driving entrepreneurship and economic growth across the continent. Africa has more than 650 million mobile phone subscribers and the rise of mobile phones has been directly associated with the creation of more than 5 million jobs and contributed 7% to Africa’s GDP — higher than the global average. The World Bank notes that internet bandwidth has grown 20-fold with hundreds of kilometers of cables being laid across the continent, serving an increasing number of Africans. By 2016, the ’4Afrika Initiative’ plans to help place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of African youth, bringing 1 million African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) online, upskilling 100,000 members of Africa’s existing workforce, and helping an additional 100,000 recent graduates develop employability skills. The initiative will drive entrepreneurship, create jobs, boost the export potential of African companies, and deliver innovation and home-grown solutions. Africa’s youth, business and civic leaders will be able to turn great ideas into practice and contribute to Africa’s competitiveness on the global stage. In addition, broadband has the potential to help diversify Africa’s economy through the growth of online services in industries, including retail, financial services, healthcare, education and agriculture. How can low-cost, high-speed, wireless broadband be delivered to areas currently lacking electricity? What infrastructure is needed in order to benefit from this initiative? How will those living on less than one dollar a day be able to – and without access to smartphones - afford this technology? What are the maintenance costs? How can these ICT innovations and the ’4Afrika Initiative’ benefit all Africans, including the poor, the vulnerable and those living in remote areas?

Moderated by Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe

DAY 2, Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - Introduction to the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative in Brussels

Introductory remarks:

  • Introduction to 4Afrika Initiative by Fernando de Sousa, General Manager for Africa Initiatives at Microsoft

  • Address by David O’Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer of EEAS

  • Live demonstrations of some of the 4Afrika initiatives

Background on Microsoft4Afrika:

The Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative was launched in February 2013 with the aim of actively engaging in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness. The initiative focuses on three critical areas: World-class skills, Access and Innovation. Each of these focuses on different aspects that will help empower African youth, entrepreneurs, developers and business and civic leaders to turn great ideas into a reality that can help their community, their country, the continent, and beyond. For more information on the 4Afrika Initiative, please click here.

The initiative focuses on three critical areas: World-class skills, Access and Innovation. Each of these focuses on different aspects that will help empower African youth, entrepreneurs, developers and business and civic leaders to turn great ideas into a reality that can help their community, their country, the continent, and beyond. For more information on the 4Afrika Initiative, please click here.


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