(MENAFN- Saudi Press Agency) Kigali, Rwanda, June 13, 2022, SPA — A delegation from the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) concluded the organization’s inaugural visit to Rwanda by announcing the series of global roundtables DCO, an initiative that will bring together leaders in the digital economy to develop an action plan for digital prosperity for all.
While attending the World Telecommunication Development Conference, DCO Secretary General Deemah AlYahya announced DCO’s commitment to organize the DCO Global Roundtable Series across five continents, the first edition of the series starting on the African continent in Kigali. The event brought together over thirty-five leaders from governments, international organizations and the private sector, who discussed the challenges of growing emerging markets and best practice collaboration between governments, the private sector and the civil society.
The inaugural round table began with a discussion between the Rwandan Minister of ICT, Paula Ingabire, who hosted the DCO delegation, and the Secretary General.
Deemah AlYahya opened the inaugural panel discussion by saying, “Talking about the issues of the digital economy is no longer something new. We need to develop action plans and a roadmap to create impact for people, and this is indeed what the DCO does. We bring together people who share the same responsibility, to translate their vision into change on the ground that advances the development of their country’s digital economy.
The Minister commented: “I am delighted to welcome the DCOs to Kigali this week, and to share with them our pioneering achievements in the digital economy and the ICT sector more generally. Since joining the DCO six months ago, Rwanda has played a central role in the organization and we look forward to our continued membership in the wider DCO ecosystem as we shape a future in which all members of society can harness the power of the digital economy. ”
On the sidelines of WTDC, DCO also met with Ghana’s Communications Minister Usula Owusu, where AlYahya and Minister Owusu discussed Ghana’s inspiring perspective on digital prosperity for all.
Secretary-General AlYahya also met with South Africa’s Minister for Communications and Digital Technology, Khumbudzo Ntshaveheni, where they discussed their mutual efforts to enable digital prosperity for all.
While in Rwanda, the DCO also met with the Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincent Biruta, and hosted entrepreneurs from across the Rwandan ecosystem at Norrsken House. Authority.
Secretary General Deemah AlYahya also delivered a speech to Carnegie Mellon University Africa, African Leadership University and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.
Secretary General Deemah AlYahya also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SmartAfrica, the alliance representing more than 30 African countries on their journey towards digital socio-economic development and which is chaired by Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
The agreement reaffirms the joint commitment of the two organizations to promote digital prosperity in their respective member states.
The DCO is a global multilateral organization founded in November 2020 that aims to enable digital prosperity for all by accelerating the inclusive growth of the digital economy. The DCO brings together the communications and information ministries of 10 countries – Bahrain, Djibouti, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Jordan, Rwanda and Saudi Arabia – which collectively account for nearly $2 trillion in GDP and a market of almost 600 billion. people, more than 70% of whom are under 35 years old.
The DCO focuses on empowering youth, women and entrepreneurs, harnessing the accelerating power of the digital economy and leapfrogging with innovation to drive economic growth and increase prosperity social.
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