The 2018 edition of a high-profile event known as the Transform Africa Summit (TAS2018) is set to boost inter-regional trade and help empower tech-based SMEs across the continent, organisers of the conference have said.
The event has been hailed for its enormous potential to boost economic growth across the region.
Under the theme ‘Accelerating Africa’s Single Digital Market’, the conference is expected to attract over 4,000 participants, including Heads of State and Government, First Ladies and UN Broadband Commissioners.
The Transform Africa Summit is the flagship event for Smart Africa, a Kigali-based initiative with a focus on Africa’s development. Following three successful editions, the fourth Transform Africa 2018 Summit will take place at the Kigali Convention Center from the 7th to the 10th of May, 2018.
The affair, which will be held in Kigali Rwanda, has been described as Africa’s largest ICT summit.
According to Smart Africa officials, TAS2018 will feature the first Transform Africa Economic Forum, a Government to Business engagement, which will take place on the 7th of May 2018, where attending Ministers and Cabinet Secretaries will engage with a targeted audience of business leaders and high net worth investors.
“The creation of a Smart Africa is a testimony of our resolve to put in place the right policy and regulatory environment that will encourage partnerships, entrepreneurship, job creation and knowledge sharing,” Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame said ahead of the summit.
The event will feature international & multilateral organizations, Africa’s business influencers, investment banks & venture capitalists, private equity fund managers, startups, women & girls in ICT champions, as well as tech innovators.
The affair targets SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators seeking business opportunities, exhibitors from companies and organizations around the world within the ICT ecosystem, non-governmental organizations and academia.
Conversations will include topics such as the Internet of Things, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented reality, drones, robotics, 3D printing, Block-Chain, Green Energy, FinTech and other cutting-edge issues.
“TAS2018 will be a unique opportunity for stakeholders to share their experiences, best practices and engage in important conversations expected to boost Africa’s digital transformation,” Africa-based publicist, Seif Kabelele said in a statement issued on April 23rd, 2018.
According to Jean-Philbert Nsengimana, the special adviser of the Smart Africa secretariat, the Transform Africa Summit is the leading annual African ICT forum bringing together global and regional leaders from government, business and international organizations.