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African Education and ICT Ministers Meet in Kigali

African Ministers of Education and Information Technology will on Wednesday meet in Kigali, Rwanda, for the annual Ministerial Round Table (MRT).

The meeting is part of the agenda for E-Learning Africa. E-learning Africa is one of the continent’s largest conference on technology, which assist learning and training in the continent.

The ministers would discuss the theme: ‘Towards a Knowledge-based Economy’ considering the possible effects of a global ‘fourth industrial revolution’ on Africa.

With machines increasingly likely to replace human workers in a number of key industries, the implications for African governments, businesses and citizens are potentially enormous.

Rebecca Stromeyer, founder and organiser of E-Learning Africa said a ‘fourth industrial revolution’ may offer African economies an opportunity to ‘leapfrog’ their competitors and the ministers will consider what African Governments and businesses need to do to make the most of a new era of rapid technological change.

n her words,”Many African economies are actually in quite a strong position. Unlike the so-called ‘advanced economies,’ they don’t have to waste huge resources trying to restructure tired, old industries. Many of them can start from scratch and they have a great deal to offer potential investors.

 They are resource rich and they have the world’s most youthful population, which is bound to attract investors and entrepreneurs”.

she further said that “The key thing now is to focus on giving young people the modern skills they need and creating a climate which encourages innovation and creativity. If African Governments do that, Africa can lead the world,” she said in a statement”.

Ministers, deputy ministers and senior officials from Angola, Benin, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, and Uganda graced the occasion.

Apart from the MRT, the conference featured hands on trainings and plenaries, panel talks on various topics of import to the theme, among others.

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