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Panel Discussion: South-South Cooperation for Building Digital Capacities for Industrialization in Africa
04 October 2018
Room XXII (E Building) Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

The main objective of this session is to discuss how south-south cooperation can help African countries to build their digital capacities and what can be the ways to finance this cooperation.

The panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges posed by Industry 4.0 for African countries.

It will further discuss how digital cooperation at the regional level can be initiated within the existing regional integration and industrialization agendas in Africa. What kind of digital cooperation framework can be developed which promotes digital development in African countries and what kind of regional support can be provided to build digital infrastructures?

The discussions will focus on the regional strategies that are needed to promote digital capacities for industrialization.

The session will also highlight the ways to finance south-south cooperation for building digital capacities in Africa.

South-south Digital Cooperation


  • Mr. Victor Harison, Commissioner for Economic Affairs of the African Union Commission, AU Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  • Mr. François Ekoko, Regional Coordinator for Africa, United Nations Office for South–South Cooperation (UNOSSC)

  • Mr. Hany Gamil Besada, Senior Research Coordinator of the Office for South–South Cooperation (UNOSSC), New York

  • Mr. Ricardo Gottschalk, Economic Affairs Officer, ECIDC, GDS, UNCTAD

  • Ms. Bineswaree Bolaky, Economic Affairs Officer, Africa section, ALDC, UNCTAD


  • Mr. Ajay Kumar Bramdeo, Permanent Delegation of the African Union to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

This event is open to high-level officials and stakeholders.


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Co-organized with:UNOSSC - Africa
Sponsor / funding:UNCTAD (ECIDC - GDS; Africa Section - ALDC)
Mrs. Rashmi Banga
Senior Economic Affairs Officer
Economic Cooperation and Integration among Developing Countries/DGDS/UNCTAD
Tel.: (+41) 22 917 38 63
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