(Article updated on May 17, 2022)
From April 26 to 29, Brazzaville was the digital capital of Africa, with the holding of the Sixth edition of the International Exhibition of Information Technologies and Innovation (Osiane). It brought together decision-makers, managers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, project leaders, public and private sector players, bankers, academics, champions of digital solutions and members of government. During this digital and face-to-face meeting, discussions and exchanges focused on the challenges and opportunities of the digital revolution, as well as on digital transformation in Africa.
(Cio Mag) – Placed under the theme: “Let’s commit to sustainable transformations”, this edition was rich in events. It began with an inaugural session, during which the Congolese authorities reconsidered their commitments to sustainable transformation, to foster a strong, diversified and resilient economy. Among its commitments is the modernization of state structures and the legal framework, with the establishment of the African Center for Research in Artificial Intelligence (CARIA). “This center is a real catalyst for growth in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; it is open to African youth and researchers, to conduct and disseminate research work (…) Under the fire of the dynamics of the digital sector, the Congolese government has designed a legal arsenal to better regulate it, in order to encourage young people and entrepreneurs to join “, assured Léon Juste Ibombo, Congolese Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Economy
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The Osiane salon also provided a framework for discussion and networking. It allowed participants to attend at conferences, round tables, trainings, exhibitions and high-level panels. This was the case, for example, of the conference which enabled the Ministers of the Digital Economy of Gabon, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo, as well as executives from international institutions, to present the policies and programs put in place by their governments and their structures, as part of the digital transformation. By way of illustration, Léocadie Ndacayisaba, Minister of Communication and Information Technology of Burundi, presented the actions taken by his country to reduce the digital divide between populations living in landlocked areas and those living in urban. This involves the establishment of a connectivity project adopted within the Burundian parliament, as well as platforms for communication and the introduction of ICT courses in primary schools.
In the same vein, the conference entitled ” Innovative and resilient Africa for a sustainable transformation of the ecosystem »made a projection on the future of the continent, relying on technology. It was moderated by Mohamadou Diallo, CEO of CIO Mag. The speakers, made up of decision-makers from the sector, encouraged “African youth and leaders to become aware of the enormous opportunities abounding in the digital sector in Africa. » “The continent has a young population, in addition to being “world leader in FinTech” recalled Djibo Diarra, Strategy Director of FinTech Ecobank.
The sustainable development of Central Africa was also on the menu of these meetings. During the conference under the theme: “Digitization and sub-regional integration of the post, as a vector of economic and sustainable development in Central Africa”, stakeholders in the postal sector in the sub-region have identified the need to create a platform for pooling efforts, in order to to facilitate the collective creation of innovative services of public interest in Central Africa.
This sixth edition has been a space of support for entrepreneurs in Africa. These were highlighted by the “Village start-up Osiane”, an exhibition framework aimed at offering companies, young project leaders and investors a space for networking, expression and exchange, in order to seize the opportunity to participate in the world event Vivatech, in Paris, France. “The particularity of this village is to allow young people to be able to land their first contracts. The other particularity is the challenge, which will allow them to highlight Congolese talent and which will also be exported to Paris in June. The goal is to create platforms, which will allow all the structures to work together, in order to enter a purely economic world and to be productive”, hasexplained Luc Missidimbazi, President of Pratic and Promoter of the Salon Osiane.
Among the start-ups present at these meetings, there were in particular those working in digital, crafts and the media. Thus, during 4 days, 40 young people presented their technologies through pitches lasting a few minutes, in front of the public. At the end of these meetings, only 4 start-ups were awarded. These are “Home Tech”, “Green Tech Africa”, “Tinda” and “Noki Noki”, which have proposed solutions that are out of the ordinary.“We have set up an incubator project, designed using recycled products, to make life easier for farmers and breeders who live in remote areas of the country. We are therefore proud to be an ambassador for Osiane”rejoiced Eloriam Mikomo, co-founder of “Home Tech”.
Since 2017, the Pratic association has been organizing the International Exhibition of Information Technologies and Innovation (Osiane). This sixth edition was closed with a note of satisfaction, due to the diversity of the themes addressed and the increase in visits, estimated at nearly 12,000, on the 4 shows. From now on, the organizers’ cursor is placed on the seventh edition, scheduled for Brazzaville, in April 2023, around the theme“Let’s innovate to progress”.