The Institute for Liberty & Policy Innovation, in collaboration with Wada and Global Policy House, will on Friday, November 19, 2022, host a High-Level Roundtable Economic and Technology dialogue on the theme: The Political Economy: Digital Investment for Inclusive Development in Africa.
According to the organizers, the event is being held at a time when the Digital Investment turf and emerging/blockchain technology specificities are met with funding gaps, skepticism, and an unclear path for its use in Africa for economic development and social change.
Because of the circumstances they described, Africa has become a passive participant in the new technological revolution of transparency and accountability for economic and social transformation.
They also claimed that the banking and financial industries, as well as the social sector and governments, have been slow to embrace new technologies for economic prosperity.
Discussions at the event would focus on how African countries including Ghana, could diversify their economies with the new technologies for economic growth.
The dialogue would help in finding avenues of ensuring citizens of the different economic blocs of Africa would be able to benefit from the digital investment, and infrastructure policies by Governments and formulate ways to systematically and sustainably engage state and non-state actors in the digital and financial ecosystems for trade and economic prosperity.
This will include; financial and tax economists, bankers, AI and Cybersecurity experts, blockchain leaders, diplomats, lawyers, Real Estate investors, stock brokers, development economists, CSOs, Trade experts, and other experts from the industry to explore best practice(s) and digital innovations for Africa’s development.
The event would take place from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Mensvic Grand Hotel in East Legon.
Speakers will include Peter Bismark Kwofie, Executive Director of ILAPI, Afia Owusu-Wada Ghana Lead, Francis Xavier Sosu, MP for Madina Constituency, Louis Yaw Afful, Executive Director of AFCFTA Policy Network, and Dr. John Kwakye, Director of Research, IEA.
Franklin Cudjoe-CEO, IMANI Africa, Prof. Kester Quist-Aphetal-Artificial Intelligence Expert, Dr. Seyram Kawor-Senior Lecturer, School of Business, UCC, and Mensah Thompson-Executive Director, ASEPA round out the list.
Dr. Mohammed Jamal, Senior Lecturer at KTU, Palgrave Boakye Danquah, Government Spokesperson on Security and Governance, and Selorm Branttie, IMANI, are the others.
Afia Ofosua, a TV host, would moderate.