The first edition of SMART CITY AFRICA will take place in Abidjan at the conveniently located RADISSON BLU HOTEL. The event is slated for September 27-29, with a special focus on Côte D’Ivoire, the world’s biggest cocoa exporter and a 24 million people nation with more than half of the population living in the country’s 197 city communities.
Côte D’Ivoire is on track to continue its fast-paced economic growth and is in a serious position to fulfil its ambitions of becoming a middle-income country – and a serious power exporter. Côte D’Ivoire is well connected with over 22 million mobile users and close to 12 million Internet aficionados. In terms of size, Abidjan, the business capital, comes second in West Africa, outnumbered only by Lagos.
As city communities continue to grow across the country, Côte D’Ivoire is already looking at ways in which technology and innovation can bolster sustainable urbanization and speed up access to good public services. Developing better urban environments has become a strategic priority for the government. Local influencers and policy makers also agree that smarter, more connected cities can stimulate job creation and unlock significant growth and development. Governmental assistance to upgrade long-neglected infrastructure is gaining momentum. New bridges and highways ease traffic congestion, and a revamping of the power grid has ensured that the country no longer faces extended blackouts.
In such a vibrant context, the Abidjan edition of SMART CITY AFRICA will be a great opportunity for city community leaders from Côte D’Ivoire to interact, face-to-face, with providers of realistic smart city solutions and ready to collaborate on solving civic challenges. Delegates will also be able to learn from world-class experts and join a series of keynote speeches, poster presentations and workshops specifically tailored for civil servants, entrepreneurs, architects, qualified students and journalists. In a move to encourage engagement, innovators and entrepreneurs from Côte D’Ivoire will also be given a chance to present their projects to potential investors and partners.