4:45PM - 5:50PM

Panel Session 2: Policies for Fostering Intra-Africa Connectivity, Collaboration, and Innovation.

With the support of AfriLabs and other initiatives, hubs have been active locally to engage governments and advocate for policy changes, provide thought leadership and work with investors, innovators and donors to influence startup acts, digital tax legislation or digital access policies. Arguably, there is a significant upside in promoting intra-African collaboration and connectivity-related policies and getting partners to work more on cross-border projects that impact innovation and technology adoption. In this panel, we are going to discuss the critical policy issues that could enable intra Africa connectivity, including the role of AfCFTA, and the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders at the national, regional and Pan-African levels.

Speakers

Serge Ntamack, Policy Advisor (Moderator)

Ahmed Bastawy, Founder IceAlex Egypt

Michael Oluwagbemi, Co-founder & Executive Partner at LoftyInc Allied Partners, Nigeria

Judith Mwaya, Senior Policy Analyst – Tech for Development Unit, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Prudence Ngwenya Nonkululeko, Ag Director, Gender and Youth Division, African Union Commission (tbc)

Serge Ntamack / Policy Advisor (Moderator)

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