Kagame: Africa Must Prepare for 5th Industrial Revolution

Rwanda President Paul Kagame has said Africa can only claim its place at the table by earning it.

The President was Thursday speaking on a panel discussing “Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution” where he gave insights on how Africa can use the Fourth Industrial Revolution to deliver economic growth and social prosperity.

President Kagame spoke alongside African Development Bank President Dr Adesina Akinwumi, health Graca Machel of Foundation for Community Development, cialis 40mg and Dominic Barton of McKinsey.

The panel was moderated by Philipp Rösler, Head of the Centre for Regional Strategies and Member of the Managing Board at the World Economic Forum.

The Head of State pointed out that the World Economic Forum’s approach to Africa is free of pity and apprehension.

“The Africa that the world meets through WEF is a continent of opportunity and partnership, and a full actor in the story of globalisation, sharing common values and ambitions. Moreover, to be able to convene the Forum here, in Rwanda, demonstrates that optimism about Africa’s prospects is always the best response to adversity,” said President Kagame.

The President further empahasised that although the Fourth Industrial Revolution builds on the previous ones which largely passed Africa by, the latter shouldn’t still be playing catch-up by the time the Fifth Industrial Revolution comes around.

He called on WEF participants to use the forum to look for ways to harness the Fourth Industrial Revolution for everyone’s benefits.

Speaking about what Africa needs to successfully take part in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African Development Bank President Adesina Akinwumi cited universal access to electricity, broadband connectivity, and skills as key drivers which will enable the continent to take in any revolution.

Echoing President Kagame’s stance on gender equality, Graca Machel of Foundation for Community Development said that as the three previous revolutions left women behind, “today, if we are looking at the fourth we need to bring women – who constitute over 50 percent of our population, on board. Women need to have access to new technology and adequate infrastructure. What they are using is maybe from the 18th century.”

The panels deliberated on what the African content can do to catch-up with the rest of the world in terms of digital transformation.

Notable panelists in the discussions included Senegalese President Mack Sall, Guinean (Conakry) President Alpha Conde, and South African Deputy President Cyril M. Ramaphosa.

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