Innovation Africa Summit in Cape Town to Address Unfulfilled Demand for Connectivity Across Region

CAPE TOWN, August 20, 2012 – “Despite booming economic growth across African nations over the past decade, investment in telecommunication and internet connectivity has failed to keep up with demand”, said John Glassey, the Managing Director of AfricanBrains Ltd.

Indeed Africa’s relatively low level of connectivity despite popular belief has hindered development and is expected to be a key issue of debate at the upcoming ‘Innovation Africa’ Summit. The Cape Town Summit will host lively discussion and roundtables between top-level officials from across the continent, representatives of higher learning institutions and leading technology companies with a truly global footprint.

“We find ourselves in somewhat of a paradox in many African markets, whereby there is fast growing demand for bandwidth, but still a low revenue-per-subscriber rate,” said Glassey, who is helping to host the Innovation African Summit in Cape Town on Oct. 5-7, 2012 along with the lead co-host the University of Western Cape.

“In order to unlock Africa’s potential from a technology and r&d standpoint we have to find a sustainable solution to connectivity. Facilitating our unique method of public-private interaction for the sake of long-lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships is how we attempt to bring about tangible answers.”

AfricanBrains have a history of hosting these unparalleled roundtable discussions in intriguing parts of the world, where opportunity for corporate integration and therefore social responsibility is budding and sustainable development is at the doorstep. In Cape Town, more than 16 ministers of education, innovation, and science are expected to attend the Innovation Africa Summit.

Notable attendees include:

  • Botswana Minister of Education & Skills Development, Hon. Pelonomi Venson-Moiti
  • Burundi Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Hon. Dr Julien Nimubona
  • Ethiopian Minister of Education, HE Ato Demeke Mekkonen
  • Kenya Minister of Education, Hon. Mitulu Kilonzo
  • Malawi Minister of Education, Science & Technology, Hon. Eunice Kazembe
  • Nigeria Minister of State for Education, Hon. Barr Ezenwo Nyesom Wike
  • South Africa Minister of Communications, Hon. Dina Pule
  • South Africa Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Hon. Mduduzi Manana
  • South Africa Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Hon. Hlengiwe Mkhize
  • Swaziland Minister of ICT, Hon. Winne Magagula
  • Swaziland Minister of Education & Training, Hon. Wilson Ntshangase
  • Tanzania Minister of Education & Vocational Training, Hon. Dr Shukuru Kawambwa
  • Tanzania Deputy Minister of Communications, Science & Technology, Hon. January Makamba
  • Western Cape Minister of Education, Mr Donald Grant
  • Zambia Minister of Education, Hon. John Phiri
  • Zimbabwe Minister of Education, Hon. David Coltart

The ‘Innovation Africa’ Summit will also bring together technology providers from around the world, including Acer, Hewlett-Packard, EPSON, Samsung and Oracle.  Over a dozen universities and specialty training schools will  in turn have key delegates in attendance, capitalizing on the opportunity to meet with the world’s top technology companies to explore potential areas of synergy, cooperation and to increase foreign investment in the education sector.

Rising African demand for connectivity requires unique solutions, answers that have the potential to be solved in an efficient and unconventional way – by putting providers and politicians on equal footing and looking for synergy, cutting through clichéd bureaucratic red tape and connecting a continent ready for next-level technological and geopolitical growth.

EDITOR’S NOTE: More information about AfricanBrains and the Innovation Africa Summit can be obtained at info@africanbrains.org.

For details of the Innovation Africa Summit, visit www.africanbrains.net/ia