At the launch of "Horizon 2025", the DRC's National Digital Plan, the President of the Republic announced his intention to hold a sub-regional summit on digital as early as 2020. This has now been done with the "AFRICA DIGITAL STORY - SUMMIT 2020", which will take place in Kinshasa next April. The icing on the cake is that the summit will be preceded by a tour of six African cities, including Lubumbashi, between November and February: the Africa Digital Story.
Africa Digital Story, the tour whose objective is to promote digital transformation, goes through Lubumbashi with the Lubumbashi Digital Story forum. Its ambition: to bring mining companies in line with high-tech. This "Special Tech4Mining" edition will be held at Hotel Pullman in Lubumbashi, from 15 to 16 November 2019, with the collaboration and support of Publicis and Kinshasa Digital, which have set up a strategic partnership aimed at extending good practices in technological innovation to the entire French-speaking territory of the African continent. The presence and active participation of the DRC Presidency, Facebook, Dailymotion, to name but a few, should be noted.
With more than 70% of contribution to external investment funds, more than USD 200 million in taxes, about 20 million injected each year into CSR by mining companies and more than 20,000 direct jobs created (and 300,000 indirect), the mining sector remains unquestionably the most powerful economic and industrial lever in the DRC and the financial foundation for economic diversification. This stage of the African Digital Story tour therefore aims to encourage the provinces of the region to adapt to the challenges of reducing the digital divide.
While mining companies around the world are looking for innovative digital solutions to improve all aspects of their industry, and the digital sector in the DRC is in full swing with the emergence of the first digital SMEs and start-ups in recent years, this opportunity remains little explored in the DRC.
Over the course of two days of meetings, national and international experts will focus on three priority aspects: the digitalization of mining administration, technology for mining and technical solutions for Corporate Social Responsibility in favour of the ODDs. A wide range of managerial, technical and social professions will be invited to conferences, Tech4Mining workshops and demo stands.
Among the highlights, the Pitch My App competition will give application developers the opportunity to present their work in a few minutes. The objective of the forum is also to promote the emergence of local companies with digital solutions adapted to the needs of companies, as well as to all individuals and organizations (State, workers, local population, educational structure, etc.). An animation aimed at creating concrete opportunities in the form of employment contracts and digital services contracts will be offered by the pan-African Open Innovation platform, whose main objective is to link the digital needs of large organizations with access to these markets for developers in 54 African countries.
Supported by leading tech players such as Facebook, Canal+ and the Vivendi Africa Group as well as by the presidencies of the DRC, Benin and Gabon, African Digital Story has visited and will visit Brazzaville Cotonou, Douala, Libreville and Lubumbashi in succession with a regional summit scheduled for Kinshasa on 16 and 17 April 2020. The objective is clear: to promote Open Innovation and connect large groups and start-ups.
"The DRC wishes to assert itself as a major player in the evolution of digital technology on the African continent, which is why we are proud to support this approach aimed at connecting young innovative players and large traditional structures in our regions," concludes Dominique Migisha, Special Advisor to the DRC President in charge of digital technology.