High Level Roundtable on Digital Economy

(by invitation only)

Digital Economy
16:00 to 18:00

Investment in the digital economy that is mutually beneficial for both Europe and Africa is an investment in the future. It is therefore crucial that the two continents work together to build strong, cooperative partnerships that deliver digital businesses and jobs for the youth. This high-level roundtable examined ways to build a digital bridge between Africa and Europe for cross sector benefits that give rise to sustainable jobs for young people. It also considered how African companies can access the EU digital single market and whether now is the time for something similar in Africa. The discussion covered barriers to affordable broadband connectivity and how investment in digital infrastructure be boosted through the EIP; how the private sector can boost digital skills on both continents; possibilities for digital entrepreneurship with a strong social impact policies to help African and EU start-ups to scale and become global leaders; and mainstreaming digitalisation across governance, agriculture, energy, health, education, and financial services.