We are excited to confirm the attendance of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra to the Africa Blockchain Conference 2019.  President Bio will deliver the keynote address at the conference, and will be accompanied by his host, President Yoweri Museveni, both of whom will after their keynotes, then participate as panelists on the role of innovation in Africa’s transformation.

President Bio has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the American University in Washington D.C, and is a cadet graduate from Sierra Leone’s prestigious Benguema Military Academy. At the age of 28, he led the coup that dislodged the then President and thereafter became a key member of the Supreme Council of State. Four years later, he led yet another coup to restore stability in the country, becoming President for three months, after which he handed over power to a democratically elected government. He then pursued a civilian career and studied international affairs in the United States, as well as governance in the UK.

Last year, President Bio won the general elections in Sierra Leone, and immediately embarked on a series of progressive reforms, among which included an executive order for free primary and secondary education. Free education, an increased budget and better teaching have been anchors of President Bio’s leadership, and the nation has since witnessed remarkable changes in the educational system. Within these reforms he has been a champion of innovation, including the impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) on education.

The impact of 4IR on education will be discussed extensively under “The Future of Education” and “The Future of Work” topics at the Africa Blockchain Conference. Some of the other topics at the conference will include: (i) The future of digital financial services, (ii) Investment and business opportunities, (iii) SDGs in the era of 4IR, (iv) Regulation and taxation, (v) Bridging the gender gap, and more.

To participate in these session, as well as the others, get your ticket today, and join us at the Africa Blockchain Conference 2019, as we prepare Africa for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

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The last 2 weeks have been both exciting and intense as our organizing team enters the last lap of preparations. These 2 weeks have had several milestones of progress including: (i) A press conference with some of our key partners, Ministry of ICT and Stanbic Bank, (ii) The signing of an MoU with APRM, and (iii) A reflection and review of our conference exactly a year ago, which was held on 23rd and 24th May 2018, and which we celebrate today a year later.

In this week’s update, we will highlight the signing of the MoU with APRM, an important partnership for the Africa Blockchain Conference.

APRM is a specialized agency created by African Heads of State to review each other as a way of strengthening governance. APRM and CryptoSavannah on May 23rd signed an MoU to promote innovation and the 4th Industrial Revolution in Africa, and among the areas of collaboration will include The Africa 4.0 Initiative, and the Africa Blockchain Conference, among others.

APRM considers innovation as a key factor in supporting the work of good governance, transparency and accountability. At the signing, APRM which was represented by the CEO, Prof. Eddy Maloka, said he was keen to work with progressive initiatives and innovation that could support the work of good governance. CryptoSavannah which was represented by Mr. Kwame Rugunda and Mr. Edmond Macheli, thanked APRM for their support and applauded their commitment to use modern technology to enhance good governance in Africa. CryptoSavannah and APRM also discussed the upcoming Africa Blockchain Conference in Uganda in July, where APRM will participate in one of the key session focused on innovation and good governance in Africa.

To participate in the session on innovation and good governance in Africa, as well as the other sessions, get your ticket today, and join us at the Africa Blockchain Conference 2019, as we prepare Africa for the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

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This week has been one the most important for the Africa Blockchain Conference, but more so, one of the most important in Uganda’s digital transformation and national development.

When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon 50 years ago, he muttered the historic words “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” These words have continued to reverberate throughout history when a seemingly ordinary act carries the weight of monumental importance.

This week, President Yoweri Museveni launched Uganda’s National Taskforce on the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), a feat akin to “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” in the context of Uganda’s digital transformation. As he launched the Taskforce, the President described the 4th Industrial Revolution as a new capacity in the human race, and reminded the nation that the primer of all social change was the advancement of science and technology, which must be integrated in order to use it well.

The appointment of a team to domesticate the 4th Industrial Revolution is a great step we celebrate as a nation, and is one we celebrate as the conference team because the creation of the Taskforce was a commitment made at last year’s conference by the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze.

As we celebrate this progress made from the 2018 conference, we are excited about the 2019 conference themed Africa 4.0, and look forward to creating and consolidating more such opportunities to which we can one day applaud as “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”

We look forward to your participation at the 2019 conference !

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