Kigali (UNA-OIC) – The Smart Africa Alliance (Smart Africa) has approved Sudan membership in the grouping that includes more than 30 African states and international bodies concerned with technology as a way to achieve economic development in the continent through technology.
The alliance said in a press statement on Saturday that Sudan has now become the 32nd African country to join Smart Africa, affirming Khartoum’s strong determination to make technology an essential factor in Sudan’s reconstruction.
The Smart Africa Alliance is a group of African countries, international organizations and actors in the global private sector that aim to strengthen and enhance Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance was launched by leaders of seven African states in 2013. Since then it has expanded to include 32 countries, with a total population of more than 815 million people, and more than 40 committed private sector members that share a common vision for Africa’s development.
Smart Africa Director-General Lacina Koné welcomed Sudan’s accession to the alliance. “We are honored to welcome the Republic of Sudan as the 32nd member country of the Smart Africa Alliance, and this brings us closer to achieving our vision of transforming Africa into a market we are looking forward to using technology to push forward the social and economic development in Sudan.”
Through its membership in the Kigali-based Smart Africa Alliance, Sudan will be able to contribute to and benefit from Africa’s initiatives, which include plans to develop smart cities and villages, digital economy, communication with large capacities, emerging ICT companies, and larger creative data systems.