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Africa Smart City Network Seminar

June 29, 2021 | 11:00 - 12:30 CAT (UTC+02:00) | Online

Africa Smart City Network Seminar

Africa Smart City Network Seminar 150 150 WeGO

According to projections by UNDESA, 60% of the population of Africa will live in urban areas by 2030, with 13 of the 20 most populous cities in the world located in Africa by the end of the century (Global Cities Institute). Never has creating resilient, sustainable, and intelligent communities for citizens been more critical for local governments in Africa.

The Africa Smart City Network Seminar brings together representatives of municipal leadership, the diplomatic corps, research institutions and practitioners, NGOs and industries to discuss the current achievements and challenges in smart cities under the theme, “Strengthening Awareness of the Need for Transformational Leadership, Regional Cooperation, and Digital Skills for Smart and Sustainable Communities in Africa.” 

This seminar—which carries forward the Regional Strategy Development Workshop Discussionaims to answer the following questions:

  • Why is leadership key for smart cities and digital transformation?
  • How can cities work together to create solutions for the African challenges?
  • What is the role of digital skills in making smart solutions effective?

Join us to hear from experts about the necessity and enablers of digitization, learn about ongoing success stories in African cities and towns, and contribute to the discussion on the future direction of smart and sustainable cities in Africa.

Event Details

Date: June 29, 2021
Time: 11:00 – 12:30 CAT (UTC+02:00)
Format: Online


Session 1

Opening, MOU Signing, and Congratulatory Remarks

  • Opening remarks by WeGO Secretary General, Kyong-yul Lee
  • Opening remarks by Smart Africa Alliance Director General, Lacine Kone
  • Congratulatory remarks by Rwandan Ambassador to Korea Yasmin D. Amri Sued
  • MOU signing ceremony: WeGO & Smart Africa Alliance

Session 2

Exploring the Status, Opportunities, and Success Factors for Enabling Smart Cities in Africa

  • Introduction of WeGO and the AfSCN
  • Unlocking Africa’s potential through smart and sustainable cities – the key role of leadership
  • The importance of digital skills in addressing urban challenges
  • Regional cooperation and inter-exchange in enabling digitization

Session 3

Case Studies and Initiatives of WeGO Members Cities

Interview-style roundtable with key cities in Africa to share:

  • Specific smart city/digitization initiatives
  • Related challenges
  • Lessons and recommendations
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