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US Vice President Kamala Harris plans to ensure internet access for 80% of Africa by 2030 – Firstpost

Friday’s statement follows Harris’ trip to the continent the previous year, which coincided with Kenyan President William Ruto’s visit to Washington this week Image courtesy of AP.

US Vice President Kamala Harris is declaring the creation of a new alliance to help bring internet connectivity to 80% of Africa by 2030, an increase from 40% today.

Friday’s statement follows Harris’ trip to the continent the previous year, which coincided with Kenyan President William Ruto’s visit to Washington this week. At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Harris was supposed to speak with Kenya’s leader during a fireside conversation about how public-private partnerships can boost economic growth.

The African continent has had difficulty obtaining the financing necessary to develop its industrial and technological sectors. Foreign direct investment on the continent fell to $45 billion in 2022 from a record high of $80 billion in 2021, according to a UN report from the previous year. Africa, home to almost 18% of the world’s population, received only 3.5% of global foreign direct investment.

In addition to establishing the Partnership for Digital Access in Africa, a nonprofit organization to improve internet connectivity, Democratic Congressman Martin Harris is launching a new program aimed at giving 100 million Africans access to the digital economy, particularly for those in the agricultural sector.

The African Development Bank Group will help form the Alliance for Mobilizing Access to the Digital Economy, or MADE, together with Mastercard and other organizations. Before expanding nationwide, the coalition will launch a trial program to provide internet access to 3 million farmers in Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria.

Additionally, Harris—the first female vice president of the United States—announces that more than $1 billion in public and private commitments have been made as part of the Women in the Digital Economy initiative to close the gender gap in access to technology. , with certain US contributions still awaiting congressional approval.

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