Transform Africa Summit 2019 was convened under the theme ‘boosting Africa's digital economy’ in Kigali, Rwanda, from 7-10 May 2019 to promote sustainable socio-economic development in Africa through improving access to broadband internet and use of information and communication technology (ICT). The Summit was attended by 4000 participants from the government, private sector, international organisations, entrepreneurs, civil society, and academia. This corresponds to the ongoing endeavors to foster the continent’s economic growth through technology aiming at supporting the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). “This conference has reinforced the role of ITU in key areas like deploying future networks in developing countries, and has extended our mandate to new areas like bridging the financial inclusion gap. These are key issues for Africa,’ noted International Telecommunication Union Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
The need for people to gain access to ICT resources and narrow the digital divide is crucial, and is especially relevant now in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also important to understand how access to the Internet affects the level of economic and social development in a country.