The Internet Society has announced that it will be holding its first ever "Africa Regional Internet and Development Dialogue" from 8-9 May 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. The event be held in partnership with UNESCO and the Republic of Rwanda's Ministry of Youth and ICT.

“While there are many challenges, we know it can be done. Countries such as Kenya and Rwanda have created policy environments that enable innovation and they are now seeing the benefits of the Internet economy. Universities throughout the continent are also using e-learning opportunities to increase their reach as well as to give flexibility for their students.” said Dawit Bekele, Regional Bureau Director for Africa at the Internet Society.

"One of the key topics of discussion will be what needs to be done for Africa to benefit from the transformational opportunities of the Internet for the benefit of the African economy and education,”Dawit Bekele, Regional Bureau Director for Africa at the Internet Society

According to the Internet Society, the event will aim to gather the different organizations working on Internet and development across the region to identify synergies and create opportunities.

“Africa is on an unstoppable move toward digital transformation. However, the room for increasing speed and impact is limitless,” says Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwanda’s Minister for Youth and ICT. “This can only be achieved if we are able to harness effectively the power of partnerships. We therefore welcome and are pleased to co-host this dialogue which is a great platform for advanced partnerships ahead of the transform Africa Summit that Rwanda will host from May 10 to 12, 2017.”

The "Africa Regional Internet and Development Dialogue" event is part of a global series of Internet development conferences organized by the Internet Society. The aim of these series of events is that of furthering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that aim at tackling the world’s main development challenges by 2030. Regional Internet Development Dialogues were held last year in Asia Pacific, hosted by UNESCAP, and in Latin America & Caribbean in partnership with Inter-America Development Bank and hosted by the Government of Argentina.

For more information on the event, visit the website.

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