Transform Africa Summit 2017 took place from 10 to 12 May in Kigali, Rwanda. More than 4000 participants were to the meeting. This meeting was organized by Smart Africa. 18 african countries were present. 3 days to debate and exchange ideas for the development of Africa. President Paul Kagame speaking on the Transform Africa Summit.
As technology drives mobility and connectivity in urbanized societies, Smart Africa role is to permit african cities continuously seek to establish new infrastructure and city systems that will enable transition, and position them as global leaders and next generation cities.
President Paul Kagame speaking on the Transform Africa Summit Leaders Panel alongside President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, President Ismail Guelleh of Djibouti, Zambia Vice President Inonge Wina, Gabon Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet and Prime Minisiter of Equatorial Guinea Vicente Ehate Tomi.
He says :
“We are really left behind by other regions of this world. I don’t think it’s because Africans we are incapable of doing things the way we should or be where others are or even go beyond. We need to invest in infrastructure but we need to invest more in our political will and sense of urgency, starting with what we already have and what is possible within our means.”
The President also adds :
“We need to do something in order to be where we want to be and where others have taken for granted,many times helped by young talented Africans. You find young talented Africans are doing a lot of good work outside of this continent and helping deliver in some of the promises in those other countries when we are here begging. We need to find a way to do things as fast as we can.”
President Paul Kagame, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali and Prime Minister Patrice of Trovoada of Sao Tome attend closing ceremony of Transform Africa Summit where the next TAS was announced as taking place from 9-11 May 2018.