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Objectives and results of Symposium #1

The Digital Science and Technology Network – DSTN, which brings together 6 African Centers of Excellence (CEA) in the field of digital technology, organized its first symposium on the theme “Digital Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in Africa”, from December 6 to 10, 2021 at the Gaston Berger University in Saint Louis, Senegal.

This symposium provides a framework for multidisciplinary scientific reflection between the major actors of the African digital transformation (public and private actors, socio-economic actors such as NGOs, companies, foundations, etc., and international partners) in order to collectively address the crucial links between research, innovation, entrepreneurship and technology transfer to meet the major challenges of sustainable development on the continent in health, agriculture, environment, education, security, and smart cities.

This week of meetings was also a great opportunity to introduce the ACE Partner program and the DSTN network to key partners and to create links conducive to building future and sustainable collaborations.

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DSTN > Events > DSTN Symposium #1

«Digital Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in Africa »

Place: Gaston Berger University, CEA Mitic, Saint Louis, Senegal

In the program: keynotes, scientific presentations, round tables, training workshops, hackathon, and networking, to create links and collaborations!

  • December 4th and 5th, 2021: Hackathon
  • December 6th, 2021: ACE partner internal seminar day
  • December 7th, 2021: Science & Industry : challenges for a secure digital world
  • December 8th, 2021: Digital science in Agriculture and Environment
  • December 9th, 2021: Secure management of sensitive data in Health and Teaching
  • December 10th, 2021: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Africa

Detailed program

Conclusions of the working groups

One of the objectives of our Symposium is to produce a set of recommendations on the role of digital science and technology for sustainable development in Africa for policy makers, businesses and academic institutions.
The participants present at the event worked collectively on this objective during two sessions of the Symposium and around 4 themes, each with two facilitators:

  • T1: Digital transformation as seen by its actors with Grégory Giraud and Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Gueye SENEGAL
  • T2: Cybersecurity with Hélène Kirchner and Vivian Nwaocha NIGERIA
  • T3 : Data Science with Gaoussou Camara and Ratheil Houndji BENIN
  • T4 : Infrastructures and regulations for research in digital sciences with Maïssa Mbaye and Joke Badejo NIGERIA

The participants worked in small groups, with a reporter per group.
To facilitate the exchanges, the facilitators of each theme had prepared questions that were distributed before the session.
For each theme, the facilitators identified the following elements from the participants’ contributions

an overview of the current situation and needs
proposals for research and development collaborations to be jointly addressed by academia and industry
Recommendations and demands to policy makers and institutions at the national, African and international levels to change or improve the situation.

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Joint Manifesto of African centers of excellence invested in digital science and technology and their partners.

Digital tools and services are transforming African societies and economies. Despite connectivity challenges, internet coverage is expanding and offering a range of new services that meet many needs, creating innovation and opportunities.
Gathered in Saint Louis, Senegal, from December 6 to 10, 2021, members of the African Centers of Excellence (ACE) of the Digital Science and Technology Network (DSTN) and their partners discussed this transformation during their first symposium.

This event brought together major actors of the current African digital transformation to examine how research, innovation, entrepreneurship and technology/knowledge transfer can contribute to addressing major development challenges (health, agriculture, digital learning, cyber security…).

This symposium proposed a multi-stakeholder dialogue bringing together African Centers of Excellence (ACE) in digital sciences and technologies and their partners, with industrialists, socio-economic actors and international collaborators, to share experiences, practices and innovation in digital sciences and technologies for the sustainable development of Africa.
In order to enhance the richness and diversity of the exchanges of this event, the participants propose a series of recommendations that can feed the way of apprehending the challenges related to digital transformation in Africa.

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