Africa Tech Alliance Forum Focuses On Digital Transformation Solutions

 


The  Convener of Africa Tech Alliance Forum, Mr Peter Oluka, on Saturday said that the forum will  focus on digital transformation solutions in the post pandemic era.


Oluka, in a statement, said that the forum would  also proffer solutions to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which had had adverse effect on the global economy.


He said that asides  from the negative health implications, the COVID-19 pandemic had led to job losses, pay cuts, travel restrictions and consequently, fall in foreign trade and general business activities.


According to him, the businesses most hit include the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as recent survey by the International Trade Centre (ITC) reveals that the pandemic has strongly affected nearly two-third of micro and small businesses.


He said that  this is as compared to about 40 per cent of large companies with 20 per cent of MSMEs feared to shut down permanently at some points soon.


Oluka said that interestingly, the survey revealed that 40 per cent of the companies that came out strong from the pandemic were mainly technology driven businesses.


“Though the pandemic has adversely affected our economic and social life, it has also created opportunities for us to look in-ward.


“At one time or another, nations and individuals confront crisis points, moments of existential challenge that also open up new possibilities.


“We believe in the technological possibilities to assist Africa recover fast from this pandemic.


“Therefore, we align with the school of thought that African countries face three possible outcomes post-pandemic: play catch-up, stand still or fall even further behind the industrialized world,” he said.


Oluka said that AfriTECH2021 offered a platform to identify and showcase technological solutions that assist organisations tackle the problems thrown up by the pandemic.


Oluka, also an editor at TechEconomy.ng, said that the theme was carefully selected to give particular attention to the disruptive potential of emerging technologies such as the Block chain Technology and Artificial Intelligence.


“Others were Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Robotics, FinTechs and mobile phone economy around retail and service provisioning and the potentials to reposition both public and private entities in the post pandemic era,” he said.


He added that the maiden AfriTECH awards have been instituted to honour or recognise organisations that demonstrated outstanding capabilities during the peak of the pandemic and others that have set themselves apart.


“We are also using this opportunity to call on Startups and other SMEs seeking for a platform to launch their innovative ideas to leverage on #AfriTECH2021 to achieve that purpose,” Oluka added.


NAN reports that Africa Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTECH), formerly known as Mobile & Disruptive Technology Forum (MoDiTECH), is an annual event.


AfriTECH2021 will hold as a hydride event,  both virtual and physical with strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols.

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