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Africa Development and Digital Days, 2016

From 26 to 28 October 2016 Paris

Digital is the new engine of the African Growth. The continent is experiencing exceptional growth of this sector, driven by mobile. African innovations and start-up are well recognised as part the digital sector. Otherwise, France is the fourth digital power in the world and the first one in Europe. It is also the first power in the world for e-government services (according to UN survey 2014).

Start of a dialogue and partnerships between the French and African digital players, companies and institutions, will permit to address all the development challenges of the continent and also to promote these solutions worldwide.

These days, from 26 to 28 October 2016 in Paris, are designed to gather and come together the digital actors of Africa, institutional and companies, that contribute to the development of the continent. They are a unique opportunity for meetings, demonstrations, exchanges, B2B and G2G with the best public and private experts.

Day 1: October 26, 2016

The "Digital Africa Ambition" meetings

Dating companies and Franco-African alliances for digital, organized by the Digital Africa Ambition and the Export Working Group of the Strategic Committee of the Digital Industry.

Goal : Facilitate networking between French and African companies to establish entrepreneurs partnerships, organize their networking and preparing new initiatives to co-build digital solutions.

Day 2: 27 October 2016

Morning :

Opening ministerials meetings

Afternoon :

Thematic workshops with demonstration

Day 3: October 28, 2016

Continuation of ministerial meetings

Institutional and businesses representatives can attend all sequences except the afternoon of October 28, which will be "in camera"



According to the "Development and Digital" Action Plan, the Directorate General for Enterprise is in charge of organizing this event. It relies on public entities and partner companies. (Partners)

Institutional video (in French)



The African countries face immense challenges in the form of reducing extreme poverty and inequalities amid galloping demographic growth. In particular, young people have a greater need for information, resources and experience to fully take up pathways to personal and professional success. The digital economy brings hope and future prospects to these young people, who are a decisive asset to their country due to their ability to quickly take on board digital tools and uses.

The digital economy offers considerable opportunities to take up these challenges by reducing transaction and coordination costs, generating interpersonal connections, reducing data collection, analysis and dissemination costs, and facilitating innovation. The fast-growing, job-creating digital sector is also a driver for greater efficiency in all areas of human activity: in administration and business, in agriculture, trade, urban development, health, education, training, the media, the financial sector, and energy supply. As a cross-cutting source of innovation, the digital economy generates new uses everywhere and helps transform economic, societal and political models.


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