Rack Centre in collaboration with PwC presents…

Africa: The Next Digital Frontier

Digital infrastructure as a key enabler for growth

16 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 2PM (GMT+1) | WEBINAR

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER


Prof. John Doe

Vice President

MODERATOR


Josh Doe

Partner, West Africa Technology Leader

SPEAKERS


Jane Doe

Partner & Chief Economist,

Mary Doe

Managing Director/CEO

PANELISTS


Ken Doe

Director, Real Estate

Rick Doe

Technical Specialist

An Overview

As Africa accelerates towards an inevitable digital future, it will only realise the opportunities for growth and development across Macroeconomics levers through deliberate investments in infrastructure.

In the future that is digital and connected, 5G, Edge computing, Data Centres and Cloud are essential to driving last mile connectivity for the region and thus harnessing the full potential and prospects that digital has to offer.

Africa also has a growing number of smartphones and connected devices, building a strong case for Big Data. However, this opportunity area is still largely untapped (giving the variety and volume of data available to be mined in the region).

There is, therefore, a need to invest in digital enabling infrastructure; in this webinar, we will discuss the opportunities, challenges and best practice for infrastructure expansion in Africa.

Agenda

Please note, all timings are in GMT+1 West Africa Standard Time (WAT)

  • OPENING KEYNOTE REMARKS
  • FUTURE OF INFRASTRUCTURE
  • ICE BREAKER
  • INTRO TO PLENARY
  • BEYOND THE TECH 1
  • BEYOND THE TECH 2
OPENING KEYNOTE REMARKS

10 mins

John Doe

Vice President

Introduction to event and overview of Nigeria/Africa’s digital infrastructure:

Progress made; challenges to overcome and the opportunities present.

16 September 2021

14:00 pm – 14:10 pm GMT (+1)

FUTURE OF INFRASTRUCTURE

10 mins

John Doe

Partner & Chief Economist,

An overview of the critical areas for digital infrastructure expansion to support internet/content technologies in Africa

  • Data (big data, data storage)
  • Last-mile connectivity
  • Broadband

16 September 2021

14:10 pm – 14:25 pm GMT (+1)

ICE BREAKER

10 mins

Jane Doe

Managing Director/CEO Rack Institute

Poll

(showing what investment can do/why it is necessary):

What challenges have been overcome and how?

What does your ideal state look like and what will it take to get there?

16 September 2021

14:27 pm – 14:37 pm GMT (+1)

INTRO TO PLENARY

5 mins

Josh Doe

Partner, West Africa Technology Leader,

Overview of Current & Future Digital Infrastructure

16 September 2021

14:50 pm – 15:30 pm GMT (+1)

BEYOND THE TECH 1

Kabir Chal

Director, Real Estate,

Actis

Maryam Lawal

Technical Specialist,

World Bank

40 mins

Beyond the tech: bigger picture look at how we can overcome the challenges related to internet/content infrastructure expansion

Energy/Power

Cybersecurity

Sustainability – ESG

Human Capital


16 September 2021

14:50 pm – 15:30 pm GMT (+1)

BEYOND THE TECH 2

Kabir Chal

Director, Real Estate,

Actis

Maryam Lawal

Technical Specialist,

World Bank

40 mins

The Possibilities: Industry-specific insights on best practice for scaling digital infrastructure to support internet and content delivery

Business Resilience

Diversity & Inclusion

Partnerships

Regulation


16 September 2021

14:50 pm – 15:30 pm GMT (+1)

The webinar will address the following:

An overview of the critical areas for digital infrastructure expansion to support internet/content technologies in Africa.
Beyond the tech: bigger picture look at how we can overcome the challenges related to internet/content infrastructure expansion.
Industry-specific insights on best practice for scaling digital infrastructure to support internet and content delivery.
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