In regards to the growing economy of West Africa, it is no news that technology is playing a major role in that. But there’s more in the future. And without preparation, opportunities are wasted. So just how prepared is West Africa prepared for this new wave?
Yesterday, Joseph Sam, Offering Manager at IBM, was featured on CNBC Africa’s ‘Open Exchange’ program to address this issue. According to him, coders will be at the top of the pyramid in the economy of the future; but when it comes to preparation for the digital future, West Africa is lagging behind compared to East Africa and South Africa. He went on by saying the major causes of this problem are illiteracy and inadequate access to technology.
So to tackle these problems, he said one way is for higher institutions to make partnerships with ICT organisations to improve access to leading technology trends. For example, IBM has been partnering with some of these institutions, offering free courses and certifications in leading courses.
Watch the full interview here