Kenya to host international innovation Summit early February

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Kenya will on the 1st February host yet another major economic forum in 3 years. The summit follows a series of international economic forums held in the country, the likes of GES graced by former United States president Barack Obama in 2015.

The conference dubbed “Innovating Economies” is expected to bring together international delegates from the business community, the private sector, African governments and International agencies.

The long day summit will be at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the capital Nairobi under the theme “Driving economic growth and health care innovation for tomorrow’s Africa”.

The event has been organized by The Economists Events and will explore how economies in Africa can better take in new technologies in the fields of healthcare, infrastructure, education and infant health in an effort to improve service delivery in the fields.

Senior Programming Editor of The Economists has been quoted stressing the need for innovation.

According to the Economist, the event is inspired by the need for innovation in the literal sense; a need to make changes to established economies and their frameworks by introducing new methods, ideas, and products. These are some of the areas to be deliberated upon in the Nairobi summit.

The key topics to be discussed will be; manpower development and national skills levels and how they line with the continent’s growth focus. The role of Africa’s overseas diaspora will be looked at from a point of view on investment and investment opportunities available in the continent. Innovation in the power sector and how to strengthen the continent’s innovation ecosystems with an aim to have a greater impact on the community, country, and continent will also be on the list.

The summit also aims at looking at how African economies can create local innovation to solve African problems, especially in hard global economic times. Discussions are expected to focus on the changes and benefits brought in by high-tech inventions and technology as well as policy interventions and business processes that add value and solve real challenges.

The Innovative Event summit will also touch other areas such as how to graduate from an idea to a scalable product, urbanization as a catalyst for innovation, developing enabling regulatory environments and innovation frontiers and the success stories in Africa.

The main speakers at the event will be Nicola D’Elia, General Manager, Middle East and Africa of Airbnb, Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate vice president, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft, and José del Castillo SUEZ’s Chief Executive Officer for Africa and the Near East among others.

Registration for the summit is still available at the official Innovative  website

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Melissa Daniels
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