IGF 2023 Open Forum #124 National digital transformation strategies in Africa

Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 (02:30 UTC) - Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 (03:30 UTC)
WS 7 – Room K

Governing Digital Economy

Round Table - 90 Min


The session will be facilitated by UNECA and UNU-EGOV and will focus on the latest developments, challenges and opportunities in Africa’s digital transformation journey and will feature case study examples in the adoption of Digital Transformation Strategies and Roadmaps in select African countries.

Focus will be placed on approaches that employ digital assessments and diagnostics to identify gaps and challenges that inform strategy development.

Furthermore, the session will explore how the AU Digital Transformation Strategy (2020-2030), co-developed with the ECA, provides an excellent framework for prioritizing digital infrastructure and accessibility as a prerequisite to achieving digital transformation and prosperity in line with SDGs and Agenda 2063 and can have substantial impact on regional cooperation and integration in Africa.

The discussion will also focus on the importance of digitalizing Africa’s governance system and the digital transformation of the governance sector on the continent. The session will discuss the importance of institutional foundations for a digital government ecosystem and contribute to identifying, through a co-creation and collective intelligence approach (coconstruction workshops) some concrete proposals to seize the digital transformation of the public sector and lay the foundations for the development of digital government roadmaps


UN ECA - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
UNU EGOV - United Nation University - Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance 


• Hon. Ousman A. BAH, Minister, Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, Gambia – VIRTUAL

• João CRUZ, National Director of State Modernization, Ministry for Modernization of the State and Public Administration, Cabo Verde – VIRTUAL

• Rose MOSERO MAINA, Deputy Data Commissioner at Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Kenya – VIRTUAL

• Mactar SECK, Chief of section, innovation and technology, UNECA

• Luis BARBOSA, Deputy Director, UNU-EGOV

Onsite Moderator


Online Moderator

• Hilda Mwakatumbula, Digital Development Expert, UNECA


• Sorene ASSEFA, Internet Governance and Cybersecurity Expert -UNECA


16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Targets: Directly linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals), the project supports the use of ICT in the public sector.