President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has challenged the youth and other stakeholders to make the most of the opportunities availed by digital technologies to advance their own economies.
Speaking at the opening of the two-day Transform Africa Summit 2019, the head of state said there is no need for youth to be consumers instead of producers of digital content.
“At the same time, let’s not be empty vessels, using broadband internet merely to consume the content and ideas produced by others. We are innovators and thinkers. We have our own products to sell. We have our own stories to tell,” he said.
Among avenues to do this, he said, was reviewing education curricula so that the skills that are being imparted among young people are relevant to the needs of a digital economy.
“There is need to break down barriers for Africa to take full advantage of our digital future,” he added
On his part, President Kenyatta, who also attended the summit, said that the cooperation should also be evident in preparing African people to reap from the dividends of internet connectivity.
The summit, which opened in Kigali yesterday, was attended by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali.
The trio Heads of State attended said that african countries have a better chance to benefit from the digital revolution through collaborating as opposed to working as separate entities.