As the working-age population in Africa is expected to increase by half a billion in the next 20 years, demand for jobs will climb. One major source of new jobs will be the digital economy. It is expected to reach 25% in less than 10 years, much faster growth than the traditional economy.
A thriving digital economy in Africa would mean an eco-system where people have IT skills, have a digital ID and have more access to education, financial services, and e-commerce. In turn, this would nurture other businesses ranging from immunization apps to pay-as-you-cook gas stoves using internet-of-things technology.
Africa has been struggling with war and extreme property, and technological transformation is a potential weapon to help them win this long-lasting battle and change people lives for the better.