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TICAD7 Official Side Event “From Idea to Action: Harnessing the Potential of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa Development”

August 29, 2019

Yokohama, Japan

Organized by: World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

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    Digital Technologies can play an important role in advancing Africa’s development dramatically. Besides the specific applications, disruptive technologies create an opportunity for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in African countries to leapfrog, and it can also be a shortcut to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Given the potential of technology to transform the society however, why is take-up and scale-up of technology in Africa still limited? How could Africa and its partners harness disruptive technologies? What are the conditions for social entrepreneurs to get on their feet and prosper? The event addressed these questions by inviting views of both the public and private sector as well as social entrepreneurs and start-ups.



    Steven Shalita
    Manager for Communications, Africa Region, World Bank

    [Part I: 14:00-14:50]

    “High Level Dialogue among leaders from African and Japanese public and private sector”


    Paula Ingabire, Minister
    ICT and Innovation , Republic of Rwanda

    Amani Abou-Zeid
    Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union Commission (AUC) 

    Fernando Paulo
    Executive Officer, General Manager, Ecosystem Services Department and Sustainability Department, Rakuten, Inc.)

    Hafez Ghanem
    Vice President for Africa Region, World Bank

    Ahunna Eziakonwa
    UNDP Assistant Administrator/ Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa

    Kazuhiko Koshikawa
    Executive Senior Vice President, JICA

    [Part II: 14:50-16:20]

    “Discussion among practitioners about the factors for success for the start-ups”


    Alex Ntale
    CEO, Rwanda ICT Chamber

    Kohei Muto
    CEO/Founder, Double Feather Partenrs

    Rebecca Enonchong
    Board Chair, AfriLabs

    Yoshikazu Takasaki
    CEO, Dreming

    Masayuki Kurihara
    General Manager, Economic Cooperation Team, Regional Coordination & Administration Dept, Marubeni Corporation

    Clement Uwajeneza
    Country Director Rwanda, Andela




    TICAD7 Official Side Events Organized by World Bank

Event Details

  • DATE/TIME: Thursday, August 29, 2019, 2pm – 4:20pm (JST)
  • VENUE: PACIFICO Yokohama Exhibition Hall B02, 1-1-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan (Please refer "RELATED" below)
  • LANGUAGE: English, French and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Seating capacity: 300 people
  • CONTACT: Koichi Omori, World Bank Tokyo Office TEL: 03-3597-6650