By Zacharia Jalloh
A high-powered delegation from Sierra Leone is currently representing the country at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) and Policy Leadership Forum in Kigali.
The Mobile World Congress Africa and Policy Leadership Forum is the first to be held in Africa. MWC Africa which brings together a variety of industry sectors, business leaders, and policy makers within the region’s mobile ecosystem over a three-day event that started on Tuesday 25th and will end today 27th October 2022.
After the grand opening of the MWC Africa Policy and leadership Forum 2022 by His Excellency President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, the Sierra Leone delegation held several sideline meetings with different partners, including Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA), SMART Ministerial meeting, Orange and a 5G event.
In all of these meetings, there was a general consensus that, Africa’s potential to grow through digital transformation must be harnessed. It was noted that, the major catalysts towards the socio-economic welfare of Africa lie in the power of mobile connectivity and industry collaboration.
Sierra Leone is currently working with the World Bank on a $50 million dollars project on Digital Transformation in line with President Dr. Julius Maada Bio’s vision to accelerate development through Information and Technology.
Sierra Leone, for the first time in its history has innovated ways to improve governance through platforms like e-Cabinet, Biometric registration, and Digital register in offices.
The delegation is in Kigali to partner, learn and network with solid digital Firms to assist the country’s digital transformation aspirations.
The delegation is expected to meet more partners in the coming two days of the event.