La Libra, Facebook's digital currency, announced for 2021 in reduced format

The launch of Facebook's digital currency, Libra , could take place in 2021. The project may benefit from favorable factors in the global economy, but regulators will have to be convinced first.  Facebook could launch Libra, its digital currency in 2021, we learn from the British media Financial Times, which quotes people close to the process. The product is expected to arrive in a limited version, after the project has met with great aversion from regulators, including in the United States, the country where the headquarters of the social media management company are located. The stakeholder association behind this digital currency project is now planning to launch a single version of Libra that will itself be pegged to the dollar, at the rate of one unit of US currency for each Facebook digital currency . “The other forms of currencies will be deployed at a later stage,” the FT source added. The exact launch date will depend on when the project

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.