H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma speaking at the session “Bridging the digital divide” during EDD 2019. 

Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma participated in the high-level session “Bridging the digital divide: Digitalisation and technology for inclusive growth”.

The world is entering a digital age. Africa and the developing world can leapfrog by using smart digital technologies. Taking full advantage of the digital transformation of the economy and society is an effective means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The digital transformation can reduce poverty, create jobs, facilitate commerce, improve healthcare and education, provide access to finance and other banking services, improve governance and protect human rights.

For the digital transformation to enhance equality, access to technology and the skills needed to use it must be available to all people.

Wide access to technology will require bringing electric power and connectivity to all areas of the continent, including rural and hard to reach areas.

Click on the picture above to watch the complete high-level panel. The key contributions of H.R.H. Princess Abze are at 33:00 and at 1:03:15.