Morocco and UAE Collaborate to Promote Knowledge Economy at GITEX Africa

A vibrant scene of GITEX Africa in Marrakech, featuring modern exhibition booths, diverse attendees engaging with technology displays, and prominent b

Rabat – Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of Digital Dubai, emphasized the shared ambition and determination of Morocco and the UAE to advance the knowledge economy during his remarks at the opening of the second edition of GITEX Africa in Marrakech. He highlighted Morocco’s potential to become a global leader due to its rich heritage and capabilities.

Al Mansoori noted Morocco’s consistent efforts to boost openness and global interactions, recalling the strong bilateral ties between Morocco and the UAE. He mentioned that both countries began their digital transition processes in the early 2000s and are now navigating significant global changes.

Lacina Kone, Director General of Smart Africa, echoed these sentiments, underscoring the importance of the high-tech event in enabling stakeholders from all sectors to exchange views on common interests. Kone stressed that Africa must adopt new technologies and contribute to developing technological innovation ecosystems to support the continent’s socio-economic growth.

GITEX Africa 2024, running until May 31, brings together global leading experts, big tech businesses, startups, and academics from 130 countries. The event aims to advance Africa’s future ambitions and elevate its innovation and entrepreneurial economy.

The Moroccan Ministry of Digital Transition and Administration Reform, in partnership with the Digital Development Agency, organizes the event, orchestrated by KAOUN International, the international affiliate of the Dubai World Trade Center, which also organizes GITEX Global in the UAE.

This year’s edition features 15,000 exhibitors and 800 startups, doubling last year’s 400 startups. GITEX expects 50,000 visitors this year, compared to 30,000 recorded last year.

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