We need the entire ecosystem to work, not just a single technology warns Bekele on tech adaption at the 2019 EurAfrican Forum

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CASCAIS, PortugalAug. 21, 2019PRLog
— Last month on July 4th, the by invitation-only EurAfrican Forum
brought together international dignitaries to address issues of the
relationship between Europe and Africa. It was held for the second
consecutive year in Portugal, on 4 and 5 July, at the NOVA School of
Business and Economics in Cascais.

Organized by the Council of the Portuguese Diaspora, with the High
Patronage of the Portuguese Presidency and the Government, and with the
Cascais Town Hall as co-host, this second edition focused on the theme
“Partnership between equals: sharing values, sharing prosperity”

Focusing Infrastructure need, Africa is about to become the world’s
largest free trade area. Boosting competitiveness as active globalizers
and with Europe eventually form a free-trade zone of 2 billion people.
The huge potential for digital impact in Africa requires the
implementation of the five foundations of a digital economy need to be
in place – digital infrastructure, literacy and skills, financial
services, platforms, and digital entrepreneurship and innovation.

During the EU-AF Economic Integration and Digital Infrastructure forum, Sophia Bekele said that,

“…even when we expand to the rural areas, we need the entire
ecosystem to work! not just pieces of the new technologies, like when we
were trying to implement the internet kiosk concept in the past. Most
projects were actually failing due to this integration mistake.”

This comes at a time when only 35,9% of internet penetration happens
in Africa compared with a 56% world average, and thus there is a huge
and increasing demand for data and increasing opportunities for 5G and
fibre, digital and broadband infrastructure investment.

Conversation Between Presidents  Eurafrican Forum 2019, July 4-5

Conversation Between Presidents Eurafrican Forum 2019, July 4-5

On his part, José Manuel Durão Barroso, Chairman of the EurAfrican
Forum told the forum that “There is a shift in the way we are now
looking into the relations between Europe and Africa, which I believe is
much more constructive, both for Africa and for the European Union. (…)
but it’s probably more important, more strategic to think how we can
put societies together, creating a higher level of complicity between
Africa and Europe.”

Filipe de Botton, President of the Board of the Portuguese Diaspora
Council stated that “The mission of the Portuguese Diaspora Council was
until today to help Portugal. We think today we should go to the next
step: to motivate the African countries to create their own Diaspora

The forum received thematic contributions of 40 international
speakers, a participation of 450 participants, from 17 European
countries and 24 African countries, including the participation of His
Excellency, the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi,
and His Excellency, the President the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo
Rebelo de Sousa.


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