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GITEX Africa spercharges African race for digital dominance

By our staff reporter

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Africa’s meteoric rise as an emergent international force in digital transformation, coupled with the epic AI opportunity sweeping the globe, is set to propel a new era of public-private sector investment collaboration when the continent’s largest tech and start-up event opens in Morocco this month.

The 2nd edition of GITEX AFRICA, taking place from May 29-31, 2024 in Marrakech, will converge global leaders and experts, governments, businesses, big tech, start-ups, investors, and academia from 130 countries to catalyze partnerships and advance the future ambitions of a continent determined to elevate its entrepreneurial innovation economy.

Africa’s blockbuster tech showpiece event is organized by KAOUN International, the overseas affiliate of Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), which organizes GITEX GLOBAL in the UAE, the world’s largest and most trusted tech and start-up event.

With the final preparations underway for a purpose-built mega venue in the heart of Marrakech, GITEX AFRICA 2024 will span 21 halls, featuring 1,400 international exhibiting companies – a 70 percent year-on-year increase over the event’s record-breaking debut in 2023.

This is the year of the AI phenomenon and its tantalizing all-purpose capabilities to transform diverse sectors, from cybersecurity, cloud, and IoT to finance, telecoms, agriculture, and education, amplifying hopes of greater prosperity in the world’s second most populous continent. AI’s impact on health tech has also spurred the launch of World Future Health Africa, accelerating the continent’s ascending digital health revolution.

More than 700 of the most outstanding global start-ups from 45 countries, including 200 Moroccan start-ups, will also feature at GITEX AFRICA, turbo-charging a great investment revival in a resilient and vibrant start-up ecosystem estimated to raise USD 10 billion in VC funds by 2025. These award-winning game-changers will connect with 350 investors from 35 countries with USD 200 billion worth of assets under management.

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