With 400 exhibitors showcasing technologies and solutions covering everything from 5G, AI, IoT, TV, Fintech and more, AfricaCom kicked off on November 13th in Cape Town, South Africa. The event sheds light on game-changing technologies that are at the forefront of digital transformation that is boosting productivity, unlocking new opportunities and driving efficiencies across all industries and business functions.
Brand new at AfricaCom 2018 is Enterprise Digital Transformation Africa which is an expert briefing aimed at CTOs, CIOs, and ICT and digital leads from a broad range of enterprise verticals. Delegates are able to discuss practical applications with expert speakers, learn from real use cases, pinpoint implementation challenges and map out a winning ICT investment strategy. For the first time ever, leading global events AI Summit and IoT World Africa come to AfricaCom this year.
Fintech Africa is an important part of AfricaCom 2018 where experts discuss the new technology that is shaping the world of mobile payments, delivering cutting-edge financial services to the previously unbanked and fuelling the growth of Africa’s digital economy.
Delegates will be able to discuss mobile money interoperability with leading MNOs and financial institutions, learn from those at the forefront of blockchain deployment in Africa, separate the hype from reality around cryptocurrencies opportunities in Africa and see top quality fintech start-ups pitch their game-changing solutions.
Underpinning AfricaCom in 2018, are the Headliners featuring 30 of Africa's most prominent digital thought-leaders, taking place on all three days of the show.
Senator Olabiya Durojaiye, Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, discussed “Enabling digital Nigeria: how can policymakers and regulators facilitate an information-based society in Sub Saharan Africa?” on the event’s first day.
In addition, Rob Shuter, Group President and CEO of MTN delivered a keynote and took part in a panel discussion on with Mohamed Dabbour, CEO, Africa at Millicom. The theme of their debate was “Re-calibrating African telco strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, covering topics which include new business models for a new era of communications, capturing the value of digital transformation, developing and implementing a growth strategy around data and digital, mapping Africa’s journey towards 5G and connecting the next billion.
The Honourable Ursula Owusu-Ekulful, Minister of Communications, Ghana ICT investment also explained the means to accelerate progress towards the UN SDGs.
AfricaCom 2018 is expected to bring together 14 000 attendees, 450 speakers and 400 exhibitors over the three days with the aim of facilitating Africa’s progression.