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  • Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA) seeks to bridge the digital skills gap in African countries, enhancing employability and meeting the evolving talent requirements of Africans.
  • Since its inception, SADA has provided training to over 7,000 beneficiaries across 35 African countries, covering a wide range of digital transformation topics.
  • Smart Africa’s goal is to transition the continent into a knowledge economy by ensuring affordable access to broadband and promoting the use of ICTs.

The World Bank is partnering with Smart Africa to accelerate the expansion of the Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA) from a national to a regional focus as part of the Western Africa Regional Digital Integration Program (WARDIP). This partnership aims to advance regional integration of digital markets through a $20 million grant for 5 years.

The focus of this partnership is to expand the existing national-level SADA initiative to a regional level as part of WARDIP. This expansion …

A session at the ongoing GBF in Dubai. Africa’s emerging “contactless economy” is growing rapidly creating plenty of new growth opportunities that African and foreign companies and investors.

“This is in contrast to what we see in Africa, where technology is seen as more developmental than disruptive. It allows new players to enter into the market – a market that is often uncharted.”
Lacina Koné spoke about Smart Africa’s vision to transform Africa into a single digital market by 2030. “The strategy consists of five main points: putting ICT at the heart of national development plans; improving access to ICT especially for banks; ensuring transparency, accountability, and openness through ICT; putting the private sector first in the ecosystem; and using ICT to promote sustainable development,” he said.
“Looking at the registered mobile money market share, Africa owns 50 per cent, we also own 70 per cent of mobile money transactions globally. Africa by nature is a mobile continent and we are leading the world in that sector,” Koné added.…