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29.11.2019 General News

All Set For 2019 Africa Innovation Summit In Accra Next Week

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
CEO of Brains Global - John Glassey (Mounting the podium), Ghana's Education Minister - Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh (Seated on the left)
CEO of Brains Global - John Glassey (Mounting the podium), Ghana's Education Minister - Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh (Seated on the left)

All is set for the highly anticipated 2019 Innovation Africa summit to be hosted in Accra, Ghana, next week following the official media launch of the program at the Alisa Hotel on Thursday, November 28, 2019.

This will be the 9th edition of the summit and will take place from December 3-5, 2019, at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel under the official patronage of the Government of Ghana led by the Ministry of Education and co-hosted by the Ministry of Communications.

Touted as the largest Ministerial event for education and ICT Innovation as well as Digital Transformation in Africa especially in education, the meeting will bring together over 220 personalities from across the continent including Ministers, government officials, and industry investors.

The Pan-African event is to provide the forum for all participating government officials to interact with the private sector with the hope of connecting and securing a deal for the betterment of learning outcomes for development through innovative ICT access and ICT-driven solutions in the classroom.

Addressing the media at the press launch, John Glassey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brains Global said indeed not every engagement between officials and the private sector investors will be successful but he hopes some positive outcomes will be achieved to benefit Ghana and the continental as a whole at the end of the summit.

“Not every meeting results in a deal but with up to a thousand meetings taking place over the two days we trust that some will lead to results”, he stated.

Mr. Glassey continued, “And when they do and produce genuine output it will be for the good of Ghana for developing digital skills, for developing young people and for the infrastructure of the education in the ICT system here in the country as well as other countries”.

On his part, Ghana’s Minister for Education, Hon, Matthew Opoku Prempeh noted that government is privileged to host the summit in the country.

He said, For us, in Ghana, we are privileged to host such a high ministerial forum in this country bringing almost 30 ministers of education and communication to your country especially with the private sector participants is a huge gathering."

The minister continued, “It’s a gathering that should lead to good results.”

Officials coming from across the continent are expected to arrive in Ghana on Monday, December 2, 2019, before the summit officially begins with a closed-door meeting between African Ministers on Tuesday for an internal discussion as well as some other important presentations.

On December 4, there will be an open panel session hosted by the Minister of Education, Hon. Mathew Opoku Prempeh and will be followed by an important welcome address by His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

On Thursday which will be the last day, Ministers from across the continent will have panel sessions in the morning before engaging in a series of pre-scheduled meetings with partners, industry investors, as well as multilateral agencies like the World Bank later in the day.