GTA

GTA summit gleams innovation, collaboration. (The Guardian Nigerian News)

In a resounding call for technological evolution, experts at the Future Map Foundation’s Global Tech Africa (GTA) Summit advocate for a surge in Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation, recognizing it as the linchpin for a transformative governance landscape.

Against the backdrop of the iconic Lagos Continental Hotel, the summit was a rendezvous of visionaries, converging from African and international tech spheres. Together, they embarked on a collective mission to unearth growth opportunities and fortify the tech ecosystem in Africa.

The GTA Summit unfurled a tapestry of enlightening presentations, spotlighting Africa’s commendable strides in analytics, machine learning, and the awe-inspiring realm of AI. The fervor was palpable, and the resonance of progress reverberated through the halls.

GTA is designed and implemented by Ascend Studios Foundation, and in collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, Venture Garden Group, Business Sweden and RivExcel Health. This unique synergy is aimed at fostering innovation, collaboration, and investment in the African Tech Industry.

In his remark, the GTA Summit host Emmanuel Tarfa, who welcomed distinguished keynote speakers starting with the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. William Nwankwo Alo, who was represented by the Director of Information Communication Technology, Mr. Samuel Okoye, said: “Leveraging technology and building digital ecosystem will be pivotal to harnessing Africa’s human capital. Africa’s human capital can become its greatest export and source of income. Africa is projected to constitute 42 per cent of the global youth population in 2030 according to the World Economic Forum.”

During his keynote speech, Mr. Okoye said that the Global Tech Africa Summit presents a pathway for embarking on a journey to explore the immense opportunities that lie at the intersection of innovation, technology, and human progress.

The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi also spoke about the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors. “Global Tech Africa Summit is a crucial step in our collective journey towards empowering the tech ecosystem in Africa. It provides an unparalleled platform for stakeholders to come together, share knowledge, and explore opportunities that will drive technological advancements in the region. We have the talent in Africa, and now we need the government and private investors to take a stake in tech talent empowerment through the Global Tech Africa platform.”

On the significance of the GTA Summit, the U.S. Consul General in Lagos, Nigeria, Will Stevens, said: “GTA highlights the power of international collaboration and reinforces our commitment to supporting the growth of the African tech industry. We believe that by coming together and sharing ideas, we can collectively address challenges and create a thriving tech environment in Africa.” He also highlighted the significance of fostering strong ties for the Tech Industry between the U.S. and Africa.

Also the speaking, the Co-founder of Digital Life Designs (DLD) Conferences, Steffi Czerny, who presented her views on the Global Tech Industry and its impact on Africa’s digital future said: “We in the so called developed countries also have a lot to learn from Africa ecosystem.”

Co-founder of Venture Garden Group, Bunmi Akinyemiju also shed light on domesticating government and corporate intelligence partnerships.

Akinyemiju also launched TRAIL, an AI cloud-based monitoring and evaluation platform that allows development organisations to easily track, measure and report impact results in real time.

Kenise Hill, the Deputy Political and Economic Section Chief at the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, illuminated the path towards bilateral trade between the U.S. and Africa, emphasizing the transformative potential of the Prosper Africa programs.

Bada Akintunde Johnson, Country Manager of Paramount Africa, uncovered a goldmine of untapped opportunities in the entertainment sector, providing a fertile ground for tech enthusiasts to flourish.

The GTA Summit emerged as a fertile ground for stimulating discussions, hosting panels that dissected diverse facets of the tech industry, sparking intellectual fires that will surely shape its future.

A constellation of luminaries graced the event, including Dr. Inya Lawal, President of Ascend Studios Foundation and CEO of GTA, Joran Bjallerstedt, Deputy Swedish Ambassador, and the illustrious Prince Tonye Princewill of RivExcel Health, alongside Abdulsalam Umar, COO of Future Map Foundation.