Kenya to hold Summit on Economic Innovation in Africa Organized by The Economist

Kenya will hold a summit on the 1st of February organized by The Economist Events on the theme ‘Driving economic and health-care innovation for tomorrow’s Africa’. The summit which will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi, will converge local and international delegates sourced from the private sector, the business community, African governments, media and international bodies to explore how African economies can effectively innovate and navigate through the challenges experienced in health care, infant health, infrastructure, productivity, education and make changes in their already established systems.

Speaking on the upcoming event, the Senior Programme Editor EMEA at The Economist, Sunayna Sethi, said “There is a need for innovation in the literal sense: a need to make changes to established economies and their frameworks by introducing new methods, ideas, and products. These are some of the areas to be deliberated upon in the Nairobi summit,” said.

Amrote Abdella, Regional Director for Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative also highlighted that, “Innovation is the cornerstone of Africa’s growth into the digital age. Through affordable access to broadband, skills development, and investment in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Africa can become a net exporter of value-added goods and services in this knowledge economy. As we enter the 4th Industrial Revolution, it is critical that Africa becomes a producer, and not just a consumer of technology.”

The meeting is organized by The Economist Events and sponsored by Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson and EIB.

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