Africa’s digital future: From theory to action makes an important and timely contribution to the literature on Africa, exploring the many opportunities and challenges that the continent faces in a world characterised by accelerating technological change.
The overarching question that the book addresses is whether African countries have the foresight, resources and motivation to leverage the considerable power of digital technologies to transform their economies in sustainable and inclusive ways.
The book comprises 10 chapters which examine a wide range of topics that are central to Africa’s growth and development prospects – industrialisation, global and regional value chains, transport and logistics, trade facilitation, labour-market dynamics, employment, education, policies and regulations, and more – all through a digital lens, with digital trade forming the backdrop to several of the chapters.
The steady encroachment of automation, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing and other digital technologies into people’s lives has attracted much research interest around the world. But few publications (until now) have delved deeply and thoroughly into the implications of digitalisation for Africa specifically and what countries on the continent need to do to chart a steady course into the future. Read full synopsis.
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