Digital affairs – Development: Conference on digital transformation in Africa (Abidjan, 28 November 2017)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Bruno N. Koné, Minister of Communications, the Digital Economy and the Postal Services of Côte d’Ivoire and Government Spokesperson, as well as Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission, opened the conference on digital transformation in Africa on November 28, 2017, at the Institut français in Abidjan. The format of the conference consisted of five round tables focused in particular on issues relating to education, infrastructure and connected cities.

The conference in Abidjan follows on from the conference on the digital transition in October in Paris organized by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in partnership with the Ministry for the Economy and Finance and the magazine CIO-MAG.

The conference on digital transformation in Africa took place on the eve of the opening of the African Union - European Union summit which was focused on youth. The digital initiatives backed by the ministry’s operators were presented at the conference, notably those carried out by the French Development Agency within the framework of the “Digital Africa” start-up competition.

In the first quarter of 2018, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs will present a “development and digital affairs” roadmap.

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