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Africacom Supports Economic And Social Empowerment

% of delegates that said social empowerment was important to themAfricaCom, run by Informa's Knowledge & Networking Division, has been Africa’s largest telecoms and technology event for nearly 20 years.

An economic impact assessment commissioned found that AfricaCom contributes more than 104m ZAR (£6m) each year to the local economy and creates employment for over 350 people.

In 2016, the team behind AfricaCom took a number of steps to enhance the event's role as an incubator and support for economic development, social empowerment and the architects of Africa’s digital future.

The design and production of the event was reconsidered and re-engineered, making innovation and entrepreneurship key themes to better support the region's digital revolution and efforts to 'connect the unconnected’.

  • The size of AHUB, a section of the show dedicated to showcasing and supporting the tech start-up ecosystem, was doubled. This included a boot camp to pitch for investment and free access for key local start-ups

  • An event was launched for rising stars under 30, which included career guidance and training from Google on the power of digital storytelling to drive positive change

  • The Leaders In Africa Summit was created, where the most influential members of our community met for off-the-record debates about the challenges to achieving economic and social prosperity through digital inclusion.

// AFRICACOM CONTRIBUTES MORE THAN 104M ZAR (£6M) EACH YEAR TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND CREATES EMPLOYMENT FOR OVER 350 PEOPLE. //