“Let's stop criticizing our banks!”

More than ten years after the subprime mortgage crisis, all the light has not been shed, and yet the idea of ​​the guilt of the banks has taken hold firmly in people's minds. They are even blamed for the double fault, since after playing with fire and triggering the crisis, they allegedly asked for help from the States. This unanimous condemnation, the result of incomplete analyzes, is a heavy component of the bank bashing that has raged since then and unfortunately works against our interests. We are indeed at a critical moment when Europe, faced with the domination of American finance and the dollar, must develop its own financial capacities. The development of a strong pan-European financial sector is therefore essential if we particularly want to foster the emergence of future European gafas. 
If it is vain to hope for the complete disappearance of this bank bashing and, one might say, of the bashing market whose roots plunge both in history and in ignor…

Smart Africa: basing development on innovation and ICTs

This Wednesday August 26, the 14th virtual meeting of the Smart Africa steering committee is being held. The adoption of the 2019 implementation report, the analysis of the decisions of the 13th meeting and the analysis of the ten-year Smart Africa strategy, are at the center of the discussions.

Smart Africa: basing development on innovation and ICTs

Scheduled to be held in Conakry, Republic of Guinea, the 14th meeting of the Smart Africa steering committee is being held today August 26 by video conference. ICT ministers, financial partners, civil society organizations, the private sector or members of the African Union, there are around 90 participants in this session. Chad, one of the founding members of this alliance, takes part in this meeting through the Minister of Posts and the Digital Economy, Idriss Saleh Bachar, assisted by Gandala André, Director of Communication and International Cooperation.

During this meeting, the 2019 annual report will be presented and adopted by the participants. This will be followed by the analysis of decisions taken at the 13th meeting, the analysis of Smart Africa's ten-year strategy and in-depth analyzes of the missions assigned to Smart Africa. After the meeting between states and all the partners, a council of ministers will meet to discuss the strategies to be adopted in the coming years. This council will also nominate the host country for the 15th Steering Committee meeting.

For Dr Idriss Saleh Bachar, Minister of Posts and Digital Economy, Chad as a founding member, said that Chad and other states have a lot to gain from this meeting. "Chad has already presented its 2020-2030 strategic plan for the development of ICTs", recalls the minister. During this meeting, "we will allow ourselves to make this strategic plan available to our interlocutors to exchange experiences and at the same time see if the strategic plan of Smart Africa, that of Chad and other countries can merge in order to that we can come out with a plan that can give momentum for ICTs and that the digital economy can anchor deeply in the Chadian economy, ”explains Idriss Saleh Bachar.

For information, Smart Africa is a pan-African initiative that aims to accelerate the sustainable socio-economic development of the African continent through access to broadband and the use of ICTs. Initially adopted by a handful of heads of state at the Transform Africa summit in Kigali, Rwanda in October 2013, Smart Africa was adopted by almost all African states in 2014 at the 22nd Ordinary Assembly of the Union African woman in Addis Ababa. The initiative is placed under the leadership of Rwandan President Paul Kagame who chairs the Board of Directors.