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Connecting Africa is the premier online community dedicated to tackling the immense scope of the African digital landscape. Connecting Africa offers a comprehensive, informed and nuanced understanding of the region's communications networking and ICT sector and the commercial opportunities such insight can afford. Connecting Africa's readers include decision makers from across the entire communications technology ecosystem that are either based in Africa, conducting business with African enterprises or seeking to learn more about one of the communications industry's growth hot-spots.

Connecting Africa is produced in association with Informa Tech's hugely successful and market-leading AfricaCom event (tmt.knect365.com/africacom/), the continent's most important and best-attended communications networking and ICT event, which takes place in Cape Town each November. Connecting Africa brings AfricaCom delegates, and those from the wider tech and telco industries, together in a dedicated online environment that is 'always on'.

Key topics covered by the Connecting Africa editorial team and its contributors include:

  • The evolution of mobile networking, including developments in 3G and 4G as well as the emergence of 5G

  • The growth of cloud services and introduction of virtualization

  • The impact of emerging technologies such as IoT, artificial intelligence, enhanced analytics, blockchain and cybersecurity

  • Cutting-edge developments in the fintech sector

  • The introduction and business case for digital entertainment

  • Digital inclusion and gender equality

    Meet the Editor
    Paula Gilbert has been the Editor of Connecting Africa since June 2019. The South Africa-based journalist previously worked as a TV producer and reporter for business television channels Bloomberg TV Africa and CNBC Africa, and started her career in radio news.

    She has been reporting on key developments in Africa's telecoms and ICT sectors for most of her journalistic career and prior to joining Connecting Africa was the telecoms editor at online publication, ITWeb. She has an Honors degree in Journalism from Rhodes University.

    Travel is always on Paula's mind, she has visited 37 countries so far and is currently researching her next adventure (post-COVID).

    She can be reached at gilbert@connectingafrica.com

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    Editorial calendar
    Each month, Connecting Africa will focus on a particular topic as part of its editorial coverage. For further information, contact gilbert@connectingafrica.com

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    The Future of Work

    Exploring the infrastructure and tech that are paving the way for Africa’s Digital Future. As Africa heads towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is crucial for businesses to harness the potential of its human capital to thrive through digital transformation. The webinar series will provide the opportunity to debate the challenges and opportunities around skills, evolving demographics, learning and development, talent, and employee engagement.

    This is the second and final webinar in a short series focussing on the future of work in Africa. These special digital sessions explore how education and skills training are critical foundations of building 4IR-ready workforces equipped to deliver on the promise of more efficient and inclusive digital economies. We’ll explore some of the enduring challenges facing the sector, and look at how skills development and tech integration is driving disruptive progress across industry vertical.

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    Meeting SME’s where they are - Building inclusive ecosystems for Africa’s small business owners

    Micro and small businesses have been, and still are, the spine and lifeblood of the African economy, making up 90% of businesses on the continent.

    Many of these businesses have still been operating in traditional ways and serving non-digital customers. With Covid-19 expediting the digital transformation process, businesses - big and small - have been forced to adapt to operate successfully in a more digital-first environment.

    To ensure that the digitalization of Africa’s market doesn’t leave micro and small businesses behind, digital solutions must be inclusive and create business-ready environments. But how can we ensure that African SMEs become digitally enabled?

    In this webinar we will share from our own experience on how to create such an environment, and the actions we took in vcita to get there, including:

    • Closing the digital literacy gap through tech inclusion 
    • Making a positive impact on local communities
    • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world
    • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world

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