Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Forum Announces Digital Economy Awareness Month

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The Africa Digital Economy Forum has announced the first-ever Digital Economy Awareness Month (DEAM) slated for November 2022 across the globe.

The novel DEAM, themed “Digital Economy: The New Norm” is an initiative aimed at deepening digitisation advocacy and its benefits to the global economy while also encouraging early understanding and participation among youths.

DEAM 2022, the organisation said, is all about sharing stories about how digital technology is changing lifestyles, businesses and family togetherness and encourage and embrace the use of technologies for fairer and a better future.

The need for organisations to leverage the new wave of digitisation and its opportunities has birthed digital economy month which will be held annually every November.

The chief executive officer and co-founder of the Africa Digital Economy Forum, Mr. Akin Naphtal called for some aggressive moves from the youth in taking advantage of digitisation. Also, he urged stakeholders across the world to invest in the country’s youth through digitalisation programmes and effective policy.

Naphtal said the awareness month provides an opportunity to create the much-needed campaign and deepen the conversation from youth engagement, skill development and regulatory framework and push for government and organisation commitment toward a robust digital future by sharing best practices among stakeholders to drive the importance of digital economy.

“Through our in-house research, we found out that most youths are unaware of what the digital economy means and how they can be future-ready. In the rural areas this perception is rather worse.

“While some believe the digital economy is all about fintech, with most conversations driven by the fintech community, it is time to develop a deeper understanding that will propel growth and drive inclusiveness in all sectors, from agriculture to health, education e-learning, aviation even politics and governance. 

“I encourage organisations to engage in this year’s campaign by sharing their own stories. The DEAM will be observed with a series of activities, all through November,” he added.

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