In a groundbreaking move, the Global Tech Africa (GTA) initiative has emerged as a beacon of technological advancement and partnership in the heart of Africa. Spearheaded by the Future Map Foundation and executed by Ascend Studios Foundation, this monumental launch has received a boost from key players such as the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos.
GTA, designed as a crossroads of ideas, innovation, and collaboration, aims to unite African and international tech aficionados to unlock unprecedented growth opportunities and nurture the burgeoning tech ecosystem across the continent. It is a partnership extravaganza with businesses like Business Sweden, Venture Garden Group, RivExcel Health, and several other global tech giants enthusiastically contributing their expertise.
According to the organizers, Africa’s integration into the global tech ecosystem is characterized by significant potential. The continent stands ready to revolutionize industries such as mobile technology, e-commerce, fintech, ag-tech, and the digital economy. With innovation and talent as their driving forces, the GTA initiative intends to pave the way for groundbreaking market opportunities.
Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi, the Director General of NITDA, underscored the pivotal role that GTA holds for Africa, especially Nigeria. He expressed optimism about the significant impact that Nigeria can have on driving the growth and evolution of the African tech ecosystem.
The launch of GTA signifies not just an event, but a seismic shift in the landscape of tech innovation in Africa. With collaboration, innovation, and determination at its core, GTA is poised to redefine the future of tech in the continent, making Africa a powerhouse in the global tech arena.
“Nigeria’s tech prowess ignites a flame of innovation that illuminates Africa’s path towards a prosperous digital future, fostering job creation and driving economic growth across the continent. Leveraging Nigeria’s youthful and tech-savvy population, favourable legislations, and policies, the country is well positioned to become Africa’s leading digital technology hub”, Abdullahi said.
U.S. Consul General, Will Stevens, expressed that the United States has been a key partner to Nigeria in providing an enabling environment for the Tech ecosystem. “Nigeria will continue to promote partnerships that advance the development of Nigeria’s tech and startup ecosystem to catalyze technological progress and promote a more robust U.S.-Nigeria trade and investment relationship. Nigeria is rapidly being recognized by global tech companies as a centre for tech talent and innovation and the U.S. Mission is committed to working with U.S. and Nigerian tech companies to harness this great potential”, Stevens noted.
The GTA Summit will take place in Lagos on the 25th of July 2023 with 300 tech stakeholders from the private, public, and development sectors. The summit will be followed by the GTA Conference in Lagos, Nigeria between the 17th and 20th of November 2023.
The Global Tech Africa (GTA) initiative is not just an event; it’s a gateway to a world of opportunities, innovation, and collaboration. In a candid conversation with Dr. Inya Lawal, President of Ascend Studios Foundation, and Abdulsalam Umar, COO of Future Map, we uncover the boundless potential that GTA holds for participants and attendees.
GTA is set to become a magnet for support, drawing in the private, public, and development sectors. It’s a hub where tech infrastructure and investment opportunities will flourish. Start-ups can look forward to grants and seed investments. Moreover, GTA has a compelling vision: to champion the participation and growth of women and girls in the Tech Ecosystem, an essential stride towards tech inclusivity.
GTA is more than just a conference; it’s a bustling marketplace of ideas. Stakeholders from various domains, including investors, regulators, consumers, academia, and the general public, will gather here to engage in transformative discussions and explore avenues for collaboration. The conference’s architecture is designed to cater to all, featuring plenary sessions, breakout sessions, pitch competitions, exhibitions, sideline networking, and captivating cocktail sessions.
GTA is set to shed light on the untapped potential within the Nigerian Start-Up ACT. This summit and conference will serve as a beacon for investors, regulators, and entrepreneurs seeking investment and global partnership prospects. It’s a rendezvous where dreams can find their wings.
GTA is not just for the experts; it’s for everyone who’s curious about the tech world. Consumers, enthusiasts, and the general public will have the golden opportunity to engage with and learn from tech virtuosos. Get ready to witness the latest technology trends in Africa and gain insights into the future of tech. The journey starts here, and the possibilities are endless.
In a world where technology shapes the future, GTA is the compass pointing towards an exhilarating, tech-infused horizon.