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Digital Government Africa Summit 2023

Digital Government Africa Summit 2023

Digital Government Africa Summit 2023
Zambia, Lusaka
October 4-6, 2023

Ministers for ICT, Home Affairs, and E-Government Units from across Africa are set to convene in Lusaka, Zambia, this October for a series of high-level meetings with industry leaders. Hosted by the Zambian Office of the President, Minister for Home Affairs & Internal Security, and Minister for Technology & Science, has garnered confirmations from several influential ministers, including South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Angola, Senegal, Uganda, and many others.

The Digital Government Africa Summit (DGA23) serves as a dedicated meetings-based summit between ministerial delegations and leading solution and technology providers in the field of e-government. These summit meetings will take place from 04 to 06 October in Lusaka.

The imperative to expedite the implementation of national electronic government plans has become more pronounced for African governments, especially in light of the challenges imposed by the pandemic. These governments experienced an average decline of 15% in tax revenues during the Covid-19 pandemic, partly due to the insufficient digitalization of public services.To address this critical issue, African countries are striving to advance their digital agendas, ensuring the establishment of a robust and accessible government infrastructure for the seamless delivery of digital public services.

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema, advocates for the Smart Africa agenda, and has emphasized the pivotal role of digitalization in facilitating seamless movement of goods across borders. President Hichilema recognizes the transformative potential of technology and highlights the need to leverage digital solutions to streamline cross-border trade. He envisions the establishment of non-border posts achieved through advanced technology, eliminating bureaucratic barriers and promoting efficient trade facilitation.

To achieve this transformation, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) play a pivotal role, enabling governments to collaborate with businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators. Industry partners such as Thales, Cetis, Veridos, HID Global, IceTech, Palladium Group, Dandemutande, Imagine Smart Cities and many more, have joined forces with the Digital Government Africa Summit (DGA23) to support the ministerial summit. These renowned organizations bring their expertise and innovative solutions to the table, reinforcing the importance of public-private collaboration in driving the digital transformation of African governments.

The outcomes of these crucial government-to-industry meetings are expected to shape the agenda for digital government infrastructure, electronic services, digital identity, online taxation, and information systems security in many African countries.

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