Broadband internet access can help
The host President had plenty to show off to his colleagues and to participants drawn from across the world;
Still there is little to telephone home about. President
Belie a reality
Overall access to broadband internet has grown in recent years, especially after the completion of the sub-marine cables on the East African coast but it remains significantly below world averages, with less than two in 10 Africans enjoying regular and reliable access to the internet.
The figures belie another reality; a divide within the divide, with most telephony internet access concentrated on the outer margins of the continent, in particular north and southern
Participants at the summit organised by
"The railway lines, the sea lines of yesterday are broadband today,"
ICT breaks all barriers of tribe, wealth and helps integrate the continent faster,
President Museveni acknowledged the importance of ICT but noted that it must be tailored to solving problems on the continent. "ICT must help agriculture, industry and services," he said.
African governments can increase GDP by as much as
The same report argued that increasing access to broadband through mobile phones could potentially create more than 20 million jobs in sub-Saharan Africa and lift 40 million people out of poverty by 2025.
The Transform Africa Summit has set itself ambitious targets to put ICT at the centre of social-economic development, improve access to broadband internet, use technology to make governance more transparent and accountable to citizens, and build partnerships between private firms and governments.
Participants hope to monitor progress through the
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