1. Title of your session

AFRICA AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY: BENEFITS, LOSSES AND STRATEGIES”

  1. Name of Organization/s organizing the session.

African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS)

  1. Relevance with the WSIS Action Lines – please specify the Action lines C1 to C11

ALL Actions lines

  1. Main outcomes highlighting the following:

I – Debated Issues

  • Please capture highlights of the main issues debated and interactions with audience

Digital economy as factor of prosperity or not for African countries

A lot of achievements in Africa including Mobile, e-services, growing share in the income of the countries (second source of revenues in RDC)

Africa is just consuming not actor of the ICT

Digital dividend as an opportunity (If one invests in innovation and the youth)

Leadership from some countries (Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Tunisia)

Optic Fiber in DR of Congo

  • Please highlight key achievements and challenges shared by the audience and/ or panellists

Still Africa is facing many challenges among them:

  • The lack of local contents (only 3% of all contents are in Africa)
  • The low level of integration in the digital economy (e-commerce (only 0,2%of the global e-commerce concerns Africa, e-business, etc.)
  • The energy and power challenge
  • Quality of service
  • Huge connectivity gap among small enterprises
  • Moving from the consumer status to the actor status
  • To link ICT with SDGs
  • Make ICT as a global enabler and make known through snesitization

II-Quotes

  • Please provide two important quotes from the session and the names & organization of the person you are quoting.

« Il faut changer dans nos pays l’image que les TIC sont un outil de luxe improductif »

HE Emery Okundji Ndjovu, Minister of Post Telecommunications and New Information and Communication Technologies, Democratic Republic of Congo

“Même si on donne toute la connectivité on restera des consommateurs tant qu’on n’a pas résolu la question des langues et contenus locaux »

«even if we provide the whole connectivity, we will remains mere consumers until we fully take into account the issue of local languages and local contents”,

Pape Gorgui Touré, PDG TACTICOM

III – Main Outcomes of the Session highlighting

  • main conclusions reached during the discussion

Africa can really benefit more from the digital economy but there is a need of strong leadership, to ensure :

  • Fair competition
  • Fairer redistribution of the revenues from the digital economy
  • Investment on innovation and the youth
  • Improvement of integration to e-commerce and trust to the digital economy
  • More appropriation of ICT as tool for SDG with more localization (local cultures and contents)
  • the vision for implementation of WSIS Action lines beyond 2015.

Improve the level of implementation (that is very low in some cases) of WSIS Actions lines beyond 2015 by allowing more inclusion (localization and investment through mobilization of more resources and through leveraging from the digital dividend)

IV – Main linkages with the Sustainable Development Goals

The digital economy should be more benefitting to the African economies. That will allow more investment and provide more means to implement the SDG

Promoting local cultures and language will also help in the appropriation of ICT as a tool for SDG

Promote e-government and service to citizens

Promote critical information for investors

V- Emerging Trends related to WSIS Action Lines identified during the meeting

 More  Inclusion (through localization and local contents)
Tranining and sensitization
More means for implementation of WSIS action Lines

VI- Suggestions for Thematic Aspects that might be included in the WSIS Forum 2018

How to support the WSIS FORUM to help it to be more inclusive and how to improve participation from the grassroots
How to improve integration of Africa in the digital economy
Solutions for a fairer redistribution of the resources generated by the ICT sector in Africa
Business and entrepreneurship