» Director-General to attend Transform Africa Summit in Kigali
09.05.2017 - ODG

Director-General to attend Transform Africa Summit in Kigali

On 10 May, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will participate in the third edition of Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda, in the presence of President Paul Kagame and leaders from government, business and international organizations.

Geared towards connecting, innovating and transforming the continent into a knowledge economy, the Summit will focus on “Smart Cities: Fast  Forward” and include the unveiling of an Africa Smart City Blueprint. The Director-General will join the opening session of the Summit on harnessing the potential of Smart Cities for Africa, with President Paul Kagame, Dr Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director of Smart Africa, Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union, Mr Jean-Philibert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and ICT of Rwanda and representatives from the African Union, the African Development Bank and the private sector. She will highlight the role of education, skills, youth empowerment and partnerships to bridge divides and build inclusive, sustainable cities.

The Summit will showcase homegrown, cutting-edge technologies, real-world solutions and proven strategies government leaders need to build livable, workable, sustainable cities. It will explore how Smart Cities can respond to a growing number of challenges and issues related to water management, transport, housing, health, education, sustainable environments and public safety. The Africa Smart Women and Girl initiative, which will be presented by the First ladies of Africa, will highlight the crucial role Women and Girls play in African’s digital transformation agenda.

During the visit the Director-General is expected to meet with President Paul Kagame and to visit the Genocide Memorial of Kigali in Gisozi.


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