Zim to Host The 6th Transform Africa Summit in Vic Falls
HARARE – Zimbabwe is set to host the 6th Edition of the Transform Africa Summit (TAS) next month with over 3000 delegates from over 100 countries expected to be in attendance.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to officiate at the summit which will be attended by other heads of state from different countries.
The summit – organized by Smart Africa, is the leading tech and digital event on the African continent and will take place in Victoria Falls between April 26 to April 28.
Zimbabwe was selected against bids from the other 36 members of the Smart Africa Alliance.
The event aims to make core decisions about the socioeconomic development of the continent through Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) focusing on regulation, policy, digital infrastructure financing, capacity building, skills development, and digital continental trade.
Information Communication Technology and Courier Services Minister Dr Jenfan Muswere said the country is committed to changing lives through technology.
“As a member of Smart Africa, we are committed to ensuring that technology can change the lives of our citizens here in Zimbabwe and across the continent.
“We are cognizant that this cannot be done alone and therefore we are extremely pleased to welcome the Smart Africa Alliance family to Zimbabwe’s prime resort town of Victoria Falls,” he said.
The summit will be open for public participation in exhibitions and in the over 50 multiple discussion panels and roundtables lined up during the three-day ICT jamboree.
Heads of State that will be in attendance include President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, President Macky Sall from Senegal and President Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi.
The event will also convene key international organizations’ leaders such as Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Secretary-General of ITU (International Telecommunications Union), along with Wamkele Keabetswe Mene, Secretary-General of the AFCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area), and Deemah AlYahya, Secretary-General of the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO).
Beyond the continental outreach, delegations from Estonia, Germany, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Serbia among other nations are expected to attend the summit.