Kenya Wins Bid to Host 2024 Tranform Africa Summit

Kenya has won the bid to host the 2024 Transform Africa Summit (TAS) convened by the Smart Africa Alliance, a Pan-African agency for ICTs.

The announcement of Kenya’s win was this week in Barcelona, Spain, on the sidelines of the GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC-24).

While accepting the win, Eliud Owalo, the Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communications and the Digital Economy, said the achievement was a stamp of confidence in Kenya’s unrivalled leadership in the ICT landscape.

‘‘This win is a testament to the confidence that the Smart Africa Alliance has in Kenya as an ICT powerhouse and a leader in championing the region’s efforts to leverage the power of ICTs for socio-economic development,’’ said CS Owalo.

ICT and Digital Economy CS Eliud Owalo speaking at Sikhendu market, Trans Nzoia County. Photo/Courtesy
ICT and Digital Economy CS Eliud Owalo speaking at Sikhendu market, Trans Nzoia County. Photo/Courtesy

He said Kenya accepts the outcome with a great sense of humility and was now embarking on the preparations for delivering a world-class event later in the year.

‘‘We accept this win with utmost humility and joy, as it marks the beginning of a great journey ahead that will culminate in the hosting of the event in August this year,’’ added the CS.

He also acknowledged the efforts of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) chaired by Prof. Edward Kisiang’ani, the Principal Secretary for Broadcasting and Telecommunications, and the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) for their tireless dedication and commitment to delivering a winning bid for Kenya.

Sustainable Digital Economy in Africa

The CA Board Chairperson Mary Mungai said hosting the event would allow the Authority to shape conversations on the sustainable digital economy on the continent.

‘‘Hosting this event provides us with a front-row experience on the future of digital transformation efforts on the continent, and how we must work across borders to forge a sustainable digital economy in the region,’’ she observed.

This is the first time the event will be held in Kenya in the 10-year history of the Smart Africa Alliance, an opportunity that the CA Director General David Mugonyi says the Authority will leverage to interact and share best practices with peers from the region to address emerging challenges in the dynamic ICT environment.

Mugonyi handed intrumnets of power from acting CA DG Christopher wambua. Looking on is CA board chairperson Mary Wambui. Photo/CA.
Mugonyi when he was handed instruments of power from acting CA DG Christopher Wambua. Looking on is CA board chairperson Mary Wambui. Photo/CA.

‘‘Hosting our peers from the region provides us with an opportunity to share experiences and best practices, and most importantly, forge a common and united front in leveraging ICTs for the development of our economies,’’ said Mugonyi.

When will 2024 Transform Africa Summit be held?

The 2024 Transform Africa Summit is now slated to be held from the 20th to the 30th of August in Nairobi.

The Cabinet Secretary was accompanied by the CA Board Chairperson Mary Mungai, the Director General Mr. David Mugonyi, Board Directors Ms. Tonia Mutiso and Sarah Kabira, Dr. Vincent Ngundi, the Ag Director, Cyber Security as well as Ms. Stella Kipsaita, the Ag. Deputy Director, International Relations Events at the Authority.

The Transform Africa Summit is held annually by the Smart Africa Alliance as the continent’s leading forum bringing together global and regional leaders from government, business and international organizations to collaborate on new ways of shaping, accelerating and sustaining Africa’s on-going digital revolution.

The TAS brings together over 5,000 delegates from Africa as well as the world to shape the future of Africa’s digital transformation.

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