It’s Africa’s time to lead, Lagos Governor tells GITEX Africa

It’s Africa’s time to lead, Lagos Governor tells GITEX Africa

Africa is ready to own its narrative in the global technology story. This was the clear message on the first day of GITEX Africa, the continent’s largest business and tech conference, taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco.

The inaugural edition of GITEX Africa, the continent's largest business and tech conference, took place in Marrakesh, Morocco, with a focus on Africa's role in the global technology narrative. The event was inaugurated by Aziz Akhannouch, the Moroccan Head of Government, and attracted 900 exhibitors, 250 investors, 250 conference speakers, and 30 ministerial delegations. Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu highlighted the continent's growing importance in the global tech ecosystem and expressed optimism about Africa's potential to become the next Silicon Valley. He emphasized the significant growth of African startups, which attracted $1.3 billion in investments in 2020 and up to $4 billion in 2022. Sanwo-Olu also highlighted the youth population in Africa, with 60% of the continent's population under the age of 25, stating that they are catalysts for development and play a crucial role in the technology industry. Akhannouch echoed these sentiments, emphasizing Africa's efforts to support innovation and develop technology talents and skills. The conference aimed to showcase Africa's potential and its commitment to technology and innovation.

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