Smart Africa gets new Director General at the 32nd African Union Summit

On 11 February 2019 during the 32nd African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Lacina Kone from the Ivory Coast replaced Hamadoun Toure from Mali as the new Director General of the Smart Africa Alliance Secretariat.    

Smart Africa is an agreement by African leaders and governments to advance socio-economic development on the continent by using affordable broadband access and ICTs. The alliance, which started in 2013 with 7 members, now has 24 members with 30 private companies. The ONE African Network (OAN), which aims to phase out roaming and reduce Internet costs, and the Smart African Scholarship, to support African ICT scholars, are initiatives of the Alliance.