DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN AFRICA

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We might have been off to a slow start, but we have been growing rapidly for the last decade. Up until recently only 16 present of our continents people had access to the internet, but changes has already started taking place.
Africa is endowed with a talented generation of technologists, coders and entrepreneurs, who are eager and ready to solve their continent’s most persistent problems. A new innovative wave has washed over Africa, as entrepreneurs and companies alike launch new web-based ventures.
According to McKinsy & Company the biggest impact will be in the six major sectors, financial services, education, health, retail, agriculture and the government. The internet can save so much money for so many people, looking at what they can gain from having to the internet.
Some people have to travel long distances for health care and sometimes there are only one or two doctors in an area, they can’t possibly help everyone. With the internet allowing for remote diagnosis, treatment or education, it can decrease the unnecessary travel or appointments, saving money.
“Africa is endowed with a talented generation of technologists, coders and entrepreneurs, who are
eager and ready to solve their continents most persistent problems.”
The same can be said for financial services. By doing banking online, there is no need for constant traveling to the bank, especially if you are nowhere near a town.
In the education sector, many schools currently lack sufficient textbooks, but this can all soon change when affordable tablets and computers are implemented in schools giving students access to more efficient and affordable training. Allowing the government to do more with their educational budget, as technology does not necessarily need to be replaced every year but only updated.
For our agricultural sectors the internet allows farmers to have access to all the needed information from the weather to how to manage their finances.
CONCLUSION
As the continent grows is becomes more connected. Previously, digital business meant ecommerce. However, the scenery has since then transformed tremendously. The fast growth of social media, smart devices, big data and cloud computing new avenues of potential has opened in education, health, and other public services—transforming lives in the process.