The Digital Economy Task force finalised the first draft of its report in May 2019, containing the first proposals to make a success of the African Digital Economy.
Following meetings in Vienna and Kigali, the Task Force invited its stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft report.
The draft DETF report included policy recommendations and concrete actions that can be taken forward by individual African countries and regional organisations, the European Union, the African Union, international organisations, financing institutions, donors and other stakeholders. The actions, that can represent the basis for future project formulation, correspond to four objectives aligned with those identified at the sixth EU-Africa Business Forum in Abidjan in November 2017, namely:
i. Accelerating the achievement of universal access to affordable broadband.
ii. Guaranteeing essential skills for all, in education and Vocational Education and Training (VET), to enable citizens to thrive in the digital age.
iii. Improving the business environment and facilitating access to finance and business support services to boost digitally enabled entrepreneurship.
iv. Accelerating the adoption of eServices and the further development of the digital economy towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The call for feedback finalised on June 3rd and the contributions received are listed below. The feedback provided by stakeholders was considered by the Task Force and informed the final DETF report, which was endorsed at the Digital Assembly 2019 held in Bucharest on June 13th.