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 will see participants discussing ways to build a digital bridge between Africa and Europe for cross sector benefits that give rise to sustainable jobs for young people. It will also consider how African companies can access the EU digital single market and whether now is the time for something similar in Africa.
Questions for discussion include:

  • What are the barriers to affordable broadband connectivity and how can investment in digital infrastructure be boosted using the External Investment Plan?
  • Should digital skills be a pillar of the educational system?
  • How can the private sector boost digital skills on both continents?
  • What are the possibilities for digital entrepreneurship with a strong social impact?
  • Are policies needed to help African and EU start-ups to scale and become global leaders?
  • How can digitalisation be mainstream across governance, agriculture, energy, health, education, financial services and give us better tools to efficiently manage our limited resources?