Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, and Globacom’s Executive Vice Chairman, Bella Disu, believe that the digitalization of Africa will play a crucial role in the continent’s search for regional integration and economic growth.
They expressed the view at a private meeting between the two leaders at the 2019 edition of Africa CEO Forum which kicked off in Kigali, Rwanda, on Monday.
They agreed that the deployment of digital technology would help fast-track the continent’s march towards economic prosperity, adding that Globacom would be of immense support in driving the digitalization on the continent, especially through the Glo 1 international submarine cable.
President Kagame also commended the success Globacom has made over the years.
The Glo EVC, on her part, said that the company could help Africa achieve a digitalized economy through Glo 1, as well as digital solutions such as mobile money, artificial intelligence, E-Health, Smart Cognitive Learning and Smart Energy.
“I commend President Kagame for his exemplary leadership and for the tremendous success Rwanda has achieved under him,” Mrs Disu said. “Like President Kagame, I have no doubt that greater integration will lead to continental growth and a more prosperous Africa. Globacom is committed to Africa’s economic renaissance.”
Earlier, President Kagame, while declaring open the Africa CEO Forum, called for “open, responsive and accountable governance” on the continent, saying the private sector was critical to growth because of its ability to “envision what needs to be changed to achieve desired improvement in the private and public sectors”.
Speaking later when she chaired a session on “Women in Business”, Mrs Disu applauded Rwanda’s policy of 50 per cent female representation in appointments as a good model. She also called for more gender parity on the boards of companies.
Dignitaries at the opening session of the Forum included Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbé Ethiopian President, Sahle-Work Zewde; Cote d’Ivoire’s Prime Minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly; Prime Minister of Rwanda, Édouard Ngirente, President of Congo Democratic Republic, Felix Tshisekedi.
The session was also attended by over 1800 leading decision makers in the private and public sectors from different parts of Africa and beyond.
Organisers describe the annual Africa CEO Forum as the foremost international meeting for African CEOs and investors. The gathering, now in its seventh edition, is holding between 25 and 26 March 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda.