The European Development Days conference concluded its sessions in Brussels Wednesday. The conference is considered
the largest event of economic and political development in Europe organized by the European Commission annually, to discuss ways of European-African cooperation in the presence of a number of prominent figures, headed by the Queen of Belgium, the President of the European Union, the President of the European Parliament, the Presidents of Rwanda and Senegal as well as international and African bodies from the public and private sectors.
The African Union was represented at the largest event in Europe by Dr. Amani Abu Zeid, Commissioner for Inter-Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism of the African Union. In partnership with Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Union, she is leading an African-European working group of ministers and heads of public and private sectors in order to prepare the African-European partnership on digital transformation in Africa.
African Union Commissioner – Dr. Amani Abu Zeid – and EU Commissioner – Maria Gabriel – opened the high-level plenary meeting of the annual meetings of the European Union and commended the great effort of the Working Group of the two continents and the valuable document on digital transformation in Africa and the practical recommendations for partnership The European Union and the European Union in the area of digitization.
In her speech, Dr. Amani Abu Zeid affirmed that Africa is the youngest and fastest growing continent in the digital adoption and growth of Internet connectivity, from 2.1% in 2005 to 24.4% currently.
The added value represented by economic activities related to mobile communications accounted for 6.7% of Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015, and is expected to reach 7.6% next year 2020
She also pointed to the huge leap in digital technology, which is quickly absorbed and adapted by Africa, and the people of the continent are creating many applications that will provide financial, educational, health, agricultural and other services,
Dr. Amani Abu Zeid recommended that African Heads of State and Government, the private and public sectors, ensure that digital transformation is at the forefront of national and regional priorities.
On the sidelines of the annual meetings of the European Union, the Commissioner of the African Union met with the European Union, international funding bodies and senior businessmen and businessmen in the two continents.
Dr. Amani Abozeid also met with Egyptian Ambassador to Brussels Khalid Al-Baqli, who was keen to attend the session on the African-European partnership.