Technology and Development in Africa: Innovation for Sustainable Growth
HE Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President, Republic of Mauritius
Chair: Professor Carlos Lopes, Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, University of Cape Town; Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (2012-16)
From off-grid solar power to mobile money solutions for the unbanked, technology is helping to solve key development challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. Across the continent, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are using their understanding of the needs of their communities to innovate in order to solve problems and drive sustainable growth. However, significant challenges remain, including access to training and funding, and responsive public policy and regulation.
At this event, the president of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib, discussed the role of technology in driving forward development in Africa, and what can be done to overcome the hurdles that innovators face.