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Harris announces plans to help 80% of Africa have Internet access, up from 40% today

Vice President Kamala Harris announces the formation of a new partnership to help provide internet access to 80% of Africa by 2030, up from 40% today.

WASHINGTON – Vice President Kamala Harris is announcing the formation of a new partnership to help provide internet access to 80% of Africa by 2030, up from about 40% today.

Friday’s announcement follows Harris’ visit to the continent last year alongside Kenyan President William Ruto’s visit to Washington this week. Harris and Kenya’s leader were scheduled to have a fireside chat Friday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about how public-private partnerships can increase economic growth.

A preview of Harris’ initiatives obtained by The Associated Press outlines how she wants to follow through on commitments she made to promote digital innovation when she visited Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia.

Africa has struggled to receive the capital needed to strengthen its industrial and technological sectors. The United Nations reported last year that foreign direct investment on the continent fell to $45 billion in 2022, from a record $80 billion in 2021. Africa accounted for just 3.5% of foreign direct investment throughout the world, although it represents approximately 18% of the world’s population.

In addition to launching the Africa Digital Access Partnership, a nonprofit to improve Internet access, Harris, a Democrat, is announcing a new initiative aimed at providing access to the digital economy for 100 million Africans and businesses. of the agricultural sector.

Harris, the first female vice president of the United States, also announces that Women in the Digital Economy’s efforts to address the gender gap in technology access have generated more than $1 billion in public and private commitments, and some commitments from United States are pending approval by Congress.

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Follow AP’s coverage of Vice President Kamala Harris at https://apnews.com/hub/kamala-harris.

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