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ICT4Business Brings Together Rwandese Industry and CENIT@EA to Shape the Digital Transformation


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The Centre of Excellence for Information and Communications Technology in East Africa (CENIT@EA) organised the event ICT4Business on 18 July in Kigali, Rwanda. Around 40 participants from the private and public sector discussed their needs and requirements for digitalisation and how CENIT@EA can provide relevant skills, capacities and know-how to the private and public sector to enable them to reap benefits from the digital transformation.

In his opening remarks, Mr Karera, Chairman of the East African Business Council (EABC), emphasized the need for the industry to digitalise and use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in their business processes. The Principal Information Technology Officer of the East African Community (EAC), Mr Murenzi, pointed out that digital transformation is a priority of the EAC’s 5th Development Strategy. The representative of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) added that CENIT@EA is a very important regional initiative providing skills and know-how for the success of the digital transformation. Ms Focken, Cluster Coordinator for EAC, pointed out in her opening remarks that a continuous exchange between industry and academia is crucial for developing needed skills and support the use of technology and innovation in East Africa.

Expert presentations from the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Startup Binary Earth and from CENIT@EA provided the participants with insights on the relevance of ICT as well as concrete applications such as AI systems improving public transportation.

Digitalisation is increasingly gaining momentum. Main trends in ICT are autonomous vehicles (10% of vehicles are predicted to have autonomous capabilities by 2021), AI (40% of new application development will see AI co-developers), Virtual Reality, Blockchain, Edge and Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). Their benefits for companies include increasing productivity, improvement of asset utilization, decreasing costs of inventory holding, maintenance and quality management, reduction in time to market and new business models. The Embedded and Mobile Systems (EMoS) market is expected to generate a revenue of USD 225.34 billion by 2021.

Participants pointed out that they require more information on the actual benefits of digitalisation for their organisation or company. Applications such as of AI would sound very interesting but are not commonly used in companies.

CENIT@EA together with EAC, EABC and GIZ will therefore strengthen their work on this issue and provide various best practices to showcase these benefits using concrete use cases. The next ICT4Business event will be held this year in Kampala, Uganda.

About CENIT@EA

Based on the Strategic Partnership “Digital Africa”, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the East African Community (EAC) established the Centre of Excellence for Information and Communication Technology in East Africa (CENIT@EA) based at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania. CENIT@EA provides relevant skills, capacities and knowledge to shape the digital transformation. It currently offers a Master’s programme for Embedded and Mobile Systems as well as trainings and research. In order to design its activities to solve industry specific issues and provide appropriate solutions, CENIT@EA is committed to closely involve all relevant stakeholders from the private and public sector.

About EABC

The East African Business Council (EABC) is the regional apex body of Private Sector associations and Corporates from the 6 East African Countries. It was established in 1997 to foster the interests of the Private Sector in the Integration process of the East African Community. Vision: Borderless East Africa for business and investment. Mission: To promote sustainable Private Sector-driven growth. For more information about EABC, visit www.eabc.info.

ICT4BUSINESS EVENT LINKS INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA IN RWANDA

  • EABC calls for digital revolution on how East Africans trade
  • EABC - CENIT@EA Embark on Digital Transformation of East Africa

Kigali, Rwanda: July 18, 2019:  The ICT4BUSINESS event brings together top executives and technical experts from private sector associations and companies in Rwanda engaged in manufacturing, production, Information Technology, telecommunications to gain an up-to-date understanding of the trends in the field of ICT specifically Embedded and Mobile Systems.

Digitalization is increasingly gaining momentum, rising productivity levels in industries and creating new business models. In order to cope, or even better actively shape, the digital transformation, companies require the relevant skills in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to be able to profit from new technologies and strengthen their competitiveness in the market. The growing demand for digital services has, for instance, led to increased development of Embedded and Mobile Systems (EMoS) in the East African region. The EMoS market is expected to generate a revenue of USD 225.34 billion by 2021.

In his opening remarks  Mr. Denis Karera, EABC Vice-Chairman  said:” ICT saves time and cost of doing business.”  He called for a digital revolution on how East Africans trade ex. payments,  comparing standard, making a business decision in a bid to boost intra EAC trade and competitiveness in light of AfCFTA.

“To position the EAC in the Continental Market,  East African businesses should use ICT to come up with competitive products in terms of price and quality,” said  Chairman Karera.

In his remarks Mr. Daniel Murenzi, Principal IT Officer EAC said ICT can make business in the region easier and quicker,  the East African Community has implemented the e-passport, Single Window and East African Payment Systems.

“This ICT4Business event aims to bring closer exchange and collaboration between private sector and academia to enhance digital and economic development through  Embedded Mobile Systems,” said Dr. Kirsten Focken, Cluster Coordinator for EAC  Cooperation, GIZ.

 

The event offers a platform to learn about innovative cooperative education, initiate an exchange about possibilities of practical cooperation between industry and CENIT@EA so that industries do not only cope with the digital transformation but shape it to their benefit.

The EAC’s industrialization depends on how the region strategically leverages the market created by the Common Market Protocol as a source or stimulus for demand while capitalizing on opportunities created by the fast-growing global and emerging markets. The application of embedded and mobile systems in industrial automation, banking and surveillance and other areas is essential for industrial development in the region. This, in turn, makes capacity development concerning technologies such as embedded and mobile systems important for the East African Partner States.

CENIT@EA currently offers a Master’s programme for Embedded and Mobile Systems as well as trainings and research. In order to design its activities to solve industry-specific issues and provide appropriate solutions, CENIT@EA is committed to closely involve all relevant stakeholders from the private and public sector

The ICT4Business event is organized by the East African Business Council in collaboration with the Private Sector Federation Rwanda,  Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa (CENIT@EA) at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)  and with support the German Development Cooperation.

About CENIT

Based on the Strategic Partnership “Digital Africa”, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the East African Community (EAC) established the Centre of Excellence for Information and Communication Technology in East Africa (CENIT@EA) based at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania. CENIT@EA provides relevant skills, capacities and knowledge to shape the digital transformation. It currently offers a Master’s programme for Embedded and Mobile Systems as well as trainings and research. In order to design its activities to solve industry-specific issues and provide appropriate solutions, CENIT@EA is committed to closely involve all relevant stakeholders from the private and public sector.

About EABC

The East African Business Council (EABC) is the regional apex body of Private Sector associations and Corporates from the 6 East African Countries. It was established in 1997 to foster the interests of the Private Sector in the Integration process of the East African Community. Vision: Borderless East Africa for business and investment. Mission: To promote sustainable Private Sector-driven growth. For more information about EABC, visit www.eabc.info.

 

The SADC Secretariat in partnership with the Ministry of Industry and Trade (Tanzania), NEPAD Business Foundation (host of the SADC Business Council), Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) and East African Business Council like to invite you to the fourth SADC Industrialization Week (SIW). This year's SIW will be hosted by the government of the United Republic of Tanzania from 5th -9th  August 2019 at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

The SADC Industrialisation Week (SIW) is an annual public-private engagement platform aimed at fostering new opportunities for intra-African trade and investment. The theme for this year is ‘A Conducive Business Environment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development’. High-level delegates including ministers and senior policymakers from across the continent are expected to participate in this year’s event.

The SADC Industrialisation Week format features keynote addresses from high profile speakers on a wide range of themes and topics; panel discussions with industry experts and project owners; break-away sessions of key topical concern; exhibitions; matchmaking for SMEs as well factory site tours.

Among many sessions, the 4th SIW will focus on:

  • Measures and recommendations to develop Sustainable Regional Value Chains (RVCs)
  • Intra-regional trade
  • Trade facilitation focusing on Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) and Technical Barriers to trade
  • Opportunities and challenges for financing infrastructure development in Africa
  • Opportunities and challenges in developing regional payment systems in Africa
  • Ministerial round table discussion on the business environment
  • High-level dialogue with Ministers

 

SIW 2019 will feature specific discussions on pharmaceuticals, mining, agro-processing and gas value chains. The SIW programme will also have micro seminars on SMME development, digitization and financing as well as factory site visits and product exhibitions.

The event will be hosted on the margins of the 39th ordinary annual SADC Heads of States and Government Summit. Private sector recommendations and outputs from this event will be reported directly to the annual SADC Ministers Meeting, a body which determines policy discussions for Heads of State.

We hereby have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in this esteemed event. Kindly register by clicking the SADC INDUSTRIALISATION WEEK 2019 REGISTRATION and host country registration link. It is mandatory to register in both links. Please note that the host country registration link can only be open by the Google Chrome browser. The event brochure is available online for the delegates’ comprehensive reading.

Should your office require further information kindly contact Ms. Mwamini Mohamed via email address: mwamini@tpsftz.org or mobile no. +255 739 939149 or Mr. Valency Mutakyamirwa via email address: valency@tpsftz.org or mobile no. +255 752 779 651 or Ms. Lilian Ndossi via email address: lilian@tpsftz.org or mobile no. +255 784 323 068

Contacts details for Exhibitors: Ms. Masha Hussein - PHONE NO: +255 715 988 299 Email: masha.hussein@tantrade.go.tz and Ms. Getrude N'gwasheni -PHONE NO: +255 754 268 822 Email: getrude.ngwasheni@tantrade.go.tz

Introduction

The 32nd Ordinary Summit of AU Heads of State and Government  decided among others, to hold an Extraordinary Summit on 07 July 2019 in Niamey, Niger, to commemorate  the launch  of the operational  phase of the African  Continental  Free Trade Area  (AfCFTA). This will be a historic moment for the entire continent.

In  order  to  involve  the  business  community   in  this  great  commemoration,   an AfCFTA  Business  Forum  was held on 06 July 2019  on the margins of the Extraordinary  Summit,  under the theme "Positioning  Business to Operate to Scale in the AfCFTA  Market." The AfCFTA Business Forum 2019 built on the success of the AfCFTA  Business Forum 2018 held in Kigali, Rwanda, in March  2018.  Approximately   200 delegates participated in the  Business Forum which was officially opened by the President of Niger.

Objective
The objective of the 2019 AfCFTA  Business  Forum was to bring together African  Heads of State  and  Government,  African  Business  Leaders,   Business  Member  Organizations (BMOs)  and African  Policy Makers to discuss  and reflect on potential strategies  for the successful  implementation  of the AfCFTA,   leading to the  realization  of Africa's aspirations  as enunciated  in Agenda  2063:  The Africa  We Want. The expected  output from the Business Forum included increased  private sector awareness of the AfCFTA and sharing of information on how the AfCFTA will benefit the private sector in Africa.
There   were discussions   on how the   private   sector   can  contribute   to  the operationalization  and implementation  of the AfCFTA Agreement.
EABC delegation comprised; CEO Hon. Peter Mathuki, EABC Board Director Mr. Jim Kabeho and EABC Manager Policy and Standards, Mr. Lamech Wesonga


Key recommendations from the meeting relevant to EABC and private sector

1. Need to address the elimination of Non Tariff Barriers within the context of the AfCFTA
2. Need to promote value chains, local content for AfCFTA to realize its objectives
3. Need to for a well structured continental private sector body formed by recognized umbrella private sector bodies within the Regional Economic Communities.
4. EABC offers to host the Africa Business Council Secretariat
5. Single currency in Africa is a key pre-requisite to achieving the objectives of the AfCFTA
6. Meaningful trade cannot occur without trade financing
7. SMEs to play a critical part in the realization of the objectives of the AfCFTA

 

EABC will follow up with the AU Commission in Addis Ababa on the formation of the African Business Council and organize meetings with other RECs’ private sector bodies on the formation of the African Business Council.

 

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