To further strengthen the ties between countries in the African region and drive growth in key sectors of the economy using information communication technologies a regional conference, Cyber Africa Forum is billed to hold in April this year in Accra, the Ghanaian capital. Designed to accelerate the impact of the digital society on Africa’s social, economic and political development, Cyber Africa Forum 2013 will feature top discussions on how ICT is enabling Africa to access the infinite opportunities that abound in the digital age.
A release by the Cyber Africa News, organisers of the event stated that the event will parade the best of Africa's young and inspiring innovators, business leaders, policy makers and the implementers. According to the statement, the Forum which metamorphosed from Cyber Nigeria Forum is an answer to the yearning of ICT professionals and top executives to take the conference beyond Nigeria for greater impacts.
“It is also a platform for major stakeholders, investors and policy makers to connect, network and showcase innovations, products, services and initiatives that are driving the continent’s digital inclusion as it will feature conference and exhibitions.” According to the statement, the conference will feature top professionals in the ICT ecosystem drawn from Africa, Europe and Asia who will examine the impacts of ICT on Africa, Investments in ICT across the continent, emerging information and cyber security challenges, regulatory and legal framework, electronic transactions and physical security powered by the smart use of technology. With the theme ‘Technology, Business and Security’, Cyber Africa Forum
2013 discussions will take place in 3 closed working groups, comprising banks, telecommunication service providers, software and hardware companies, VAS companies, mobile payment service providers, infrastructure companies, relevant industry regulators, policy makers and government officials. Speakers and Participants will include Chief information officers, State Commissioners for ICT, chief executives of government agencies, Chief executives of banks and other financial institutions, players in the African telecoms market, telecoms infrastructure companies, security companies, VAS operators, security operatives, OEM’s, software companies and ISP’s
The statement further stated that a Gala Night to create an avenue for industry decision makers and players to engage in dialogue and share ideas on how ICT will change the future of Africa digital society will end the event.
“It’s a networking session which offers great opportunity where Africa's smart business leaders, policy makers, young innovators and industry regulators meet prospective business partners and buyers and socialize.”