President Paul Kagame chaired a Smart Africa Board meeting on February Monday 11th on the sidelines of the just-concluded 32nd African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Ivorian national, Lacina Kone, was appointed new Executive Director of the Smart Africa Secretariat, after Dr. Hamadoun Touré paving way having completed his three-year term.
Lacina Kone was serving as the Director General of Qualicom, a firm involved in the integration of IT solutions with a presence in the West African countries of Mali and Ivory Coast.
Kagame thanked Toure for his efforts at the secretariat over the last three year saying that the organization had grown during his tenure.
“I wish to thank you all for taking your time so that we can drive our Smart Africa Agenda the way it should. The Smart Africa Alliance has now grown to 24 member states with a total market of over 600 million people.” Kagame added.
The alliance also has corporate members from the private sector as well as international organizations including the African Development Bank.
The meeting was also attended by the International Telecommunications Union Secretary-General Houlin Zhao and the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid.
Kagame said that with Estonia being a leading country in IT and technology there were lessons to be learned from their model of development.