Intel Teams Up with African Development Bank to Transform Africa's Digital Ecosystem

The African Development Bank and global technology company Intel have formalized their cooperation to transform the African digital ecosystem. The partnership, announced on June 7, 2024, aims to equip 3 million Africans and 30,000 government officials with AI skills.

This collaboration will help create a critical mass of Africans proficient in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) skills. The initiative is set to accelerate growth and productivity, positioning Africans as contributors, not just consumers, of 4IR technologies. The training will address socio-economic challenges and boost productivity in key growth sectors such as agriculture, health, and education, thereby disrupting traditional growth cycles.

Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo, Director of Government Affairs Africa and IGA CTO Liaison at Intel, remarked, “Intel looks forward to furthering its collaboration with African governments to make advanced technologies such as AI accessible to all, breaking down barriers related to geography, gender, and ethnicity, and enabling widespread participation in the digital economy.”

The partnership will also support African countries, regional economic communities, and continental organizations in developing harmonized policy and regulatory frameworks in AI, 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, data, and cloud technologies. 

Ousmane Fall, the African Development Bank’s Acting Director of Industrial and Trade Development, highlighted the importance of digital skills for Africa’s youth. “With advancements in digital technology, our world is rapidly evolving, and so is our youthful population, projected to reach 830 million by 2050. To develop skills on a large scale and at the necessary speed, we need everyone’s cooperation. The bank is thrilled to collaborate with Intel to work towards this shared commitment. Together, we are shaping the digital future of Africa and empowering our youth.”