[AfrICANN-discuss] TransformAfrica 2013

Badru Ntege badru.ntege at nftconsult.com
Thu Oct 31 19:38:02 SAST 2013

Thanks Piere

I like the observations mainly the point on leadership.  I think we do not just need to look at leadership at the head of state level. But I think we also need to nurture leadership within the digital community across the continent.

I tend to feel that on the continent we are always looking at others and to borrow from Janet Jackson song saying "what have you done for me lately"

Many of us have the potential to contribute so effectively but chose not to.   How do we turn the tide ?

Badru Ntege
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On 31 Oct 2013, at 14:52, "Dandjinou Pierre" <pdandjinou at gmail.com<mailto:pdandjinou at gmail.com>> wrote:

Dear listers,

(En francais plus bas!)

I attended the TransformAfrica Summit which is closing down in a few minutes. The theme is telling : The Future of Africa delivered..Today!

There are a few takeaways we could share, but you may acces the SMART Africa Manifesto at


Manifesto is about taking action in order to connect, innovate and transform Africa.

While this summit, attended by 7 African heads of States an many high powered authorities, it has been somehow dominated by the massive presence of the private sector in panels and the nice exhibitions. Youth has also been at the centre of Transform Africa with workshops on digital entrepreneurship (Entrepreneurship Web 3.OS)  and iHubs.

The other major take away is that TransformAfrica has been organized by Rwanda, a country that is not just writing policies and strategies, but is just executing them. And its shows right at the airport and all the way to the launch of the Rwandapedia (www.rwandapedia.rw<http://www.rwandapedia.rw>) and the commissioning of the 4G. So, leadership matters on African journey to the digital economy.


J'ai assiste au Sommet TransformAfrica qui va fermer ses portes dans quelques minutes. Le theme : L'avenir de l'Afrique rendue possible..Aujourd'hui. Tout un programme!

Beaucoup de choses sont a retenir de ce sommet et principalement le manifeste du SMART Africa. Le texte en Anglais et francais est accessible au


Le Sommet a connu la participation de 7 Chefs d'etats, des plus hautes autorites africaines, mais surtout la presence du secteur prive international, regional et local..Les jeunes y etaient massivement representes dans les ateliers consacres a l'entreprenariat des jeunes..Au total, plus de 2000 participants au sommet.

L'autre chose importante a retenir est que le sommet a ete organise par le Rwanda, un pays qui ne se contente point de faire des etudes et strategies, mais de les mettre en oeuvre! Et cela se voit..depuis l'aeroport jusqu'au lancement du projet Rwandapedia (www.rwandapedia.rw<http://www.rwandapedia.rw>) a l'hotel Mille collines.

Assurement, le leadership compte sur la voie d'acces de l' l'Afrique a l'economie du numerique.

Pierre Dandjinou
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