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How an African Tech Policy can help African Startups tackle the top 3 digital priorities of the continent

The West Cape Strategy Group has been advocating for a concrete Policy direction for the flourishing technology and innovations sector in Africa. Alan Akakpo, Project Director at West Cape takes his turn to highlight how an African Tech Policy can help African Startups tackle the top 3 digital priorities of the continent.

African startups can lead the way in taming what experts refer to as the change monster – the inability of various sectors of society to adapt to emerging transformative technologies. African innovations will only be driven by a policy agenda capable of addressing the continent’s top most digital priorities.

Mainstreaming technology into the educational system: the long-term goal

Digital literacy has to be purposefully integrated into the academic curricula because Africa’s leapfrogging to the fourth industrial revolution will not be possible with the conventional pen and pencil approach. Some countries like Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Rwanda are adopting practical approaches to build the human capital that will meet the demand of knowledge-economies. But others are spending citizens’ taxes on transitional strategies that will bring about everything except tectonic shifts in the economic landscape. Benchmarking apps, digital tools and frameworks can be developed by African startups. It will go a long way in pulling forward those African countries that are lagging behind. Mainstreaming technology into the system also reduces the cost of access to educational infrastructure while improving the quality of educational contents.

Technology as an infrastructure: the medium-term panacea

Alan Akakpo, Project Director at West Cape SG
Alan Akakpo, Co-Founder of Westcape

This is a resolute stand we have quickly taken at West Cape SG. To me, this is the topmost digital policy priority for the continent. Africa requires bold experimentation and tech-based investments into broadband networks, electronic manufacturing projects and acquisition of tangible tech megatrends and gadgets. This is the how we can boost national and regional tech capacities that will translate into the exponential development of innovation hubs and the offering of top class services. Here, advocacy and Public Private Partnerships (PPP) are the most effective tools.

Digital jobs: the short term confidence builder

We agree that digital economy has to be captured in the continental framework and flexible regional strategies have to designed and implemented rapidly. It is not the case yet. Hypothetically, the Governments are not knowledgeable about the urge and the strategies to put in place. It is nonetheless important that African Startups take the lead in sharing information about digital job opportunities.

It is estimated that the work of professions like financial analysts, doctors, journalists, accountants may be partly or completely automated by 2025. In Africa, businesses do not really know what to make of such research findings as there is very little insight generated on future job prospects and the impact of transformative technologies on our industries. African startups should take collective actions to come out with more commercial form of research, generate and document practical knowledge about the needed technological drivers of growth and job creation on the continent.

For instance, the 419 epidemic – a type of scam – has been hitting some African countries so hard that internet users may have developed serious risk aversion for African digital products. 419 can be rebranded through a positive agenda and a comprehensive labor substitution strategy that will concur to shaping a better digital ecosystem for the continent.

What we are doing

West Cape SG is committed to ensuring the development of technology infrastructure in Africa through the Africa Tech Policy project (Learn more about the Project here)

To know more about the Africa Tech Policy, send us an e-mail at info@westcapestrategy.com with the subject line ATP.

Isidore Kpotufe at 2016 AfriLabs

How to Develop Efficient Technology Infrastructure in Africa

West Cape SG took part in the 2016 AfriLabs Annual Gathering 

The West Cape Strategy Group (West Cape SG) took part in the 2016 AfriLabs Annual Gathering held at the Alliance Française, Accra, Ghana from 25 to 27 October 2016. Themed “Making Tech Ecosystem count”, the 2016 Annual Gathering brought together members of AfriLabs and other stakeholders in the tech ecosystem in Africa to learn the latest tech insights, discuss policy actions and build partnerships.

AfriLabs is a pan-African network of 40 technology innovation hubs in 20 African countries. It was founded in 2011 to build a community around the rapidly emerging tech hubs in Africa.

West Cape SG’s CEO, Isidore Kpotufe and Project Director, Alan Akakpo represented the company. Isidore Kpotufe moderated a session on the role of governments in building efficient technology infrastructures in Africa. Members of the Panel were drawn from AfriLabs, Civil Society and Private Sector. Some questions that featured in the panel discussion included:

  1. What’s the role of Technology and Innovations in economic growth?
  1. How can Tech Hubs drive the innovations that can lead to economic growth in Africa?
  1. Should we continue to focus on Agric as the “backbone” of our economies?
  1. What is the biggest role governments can play in building or supporting existing innovation hubs as a support to start-ups and entrepreneurs?
  1. What approach would you recommend in getting African governments to buy from tech start-ups?
West Cape SG's CEO, Isidore Kpotufe (middle) moderating a panel at the 2016 AfriLabs Annual Gathering, Alliance Française / © West Cape SG
West Cape SG’s CEO, Isidore Kpotufe (middle) moderating a panel at the 2016 AfriLabs Annual Gathering, Alliance Française / © West Cape SG

Isidore mentioned that his outfit was committed to ensuring the development of technology infrastructure in Africa through the Africa Tech Policy project (Learn more about the Project here). He mentioned that West Cape SG is working towards an improved and favorable Policy environment where African tech entrepreneurs easily thrive to meet local demand for ICT products and compete globally.

Entities in this Press

West Cape Strategy Group 

The West Cape Strategy Group is a leading integrated service provider based in Ghana that specializes in Internet Technology, Technology Research, Business Strategy, Corporate Training and Brand Identity Management and Development.  Learn more here

AfriLabs 

AfriLabs is a pan-African network of 40 technology innovation hubs in 20 African countries. Learn more here

Isidore Kpotufe, Chief Executive Officer of West Cape

West Cape SG advises African Businesses to Embrace Technology

Chief Strategist of the Africa Web Consult (now West Cape Strategy Group), a consultancy that specializes in Web and Graphic Designs, Brand Identity, Internet Technology, Technology Research, Business and Strategy Services, Mr Isidore Kpotufe has called on African businesses to embrace the technological waves sweeping through the globe to build their identity.


By Franklin Asare-Donkoh | Today Newspaper, Ghana


According to him, the emergence of World Wide Web (WWW) has brought about huge opportunities as well as shedding light on businesses both big and small which hitherto have been operating in the dark.

Speaking in an interview with Today Newspaper, after the 2016 Business and Strategy Conference held in Accra, Mr Kpotufe opined that well developed corporate identity and visibility online helps to increase return on investment.

“Most companies in our part of the world especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), are not visible…which affects their growth. That is why AWC has come to help these companies to bridge the technological gap” he stated.

The Chief Strategist, however, assured the business community that his outfit is ready to provide them with total identity services both online and offline. “This will enable your audience/clients to relate with the business” he added.

Isidore Kpotufe, Group CEO and Chief Strategist

Meanwhile, AWC has launched four strategic projects, two of which are: Africa Tech Policy and All Africa Business Forum.

Mr Kpotufe explained that the Africa Tech Policy project was been introduced to help develop Africa through technology entrepreneurs whiles the All Africa Business Forum is aimed at connecting Anglophone and Francophone businesses through technology and physical forums.

A Partner of KPMG Ghana, Mrs Joyceline Coleman, who chaired the Conference also cautioned SMEs to take their customer service seriously.

According to her, many businesses in Ghana are collapsing due to poor customer relations. “Nobody will continue to do business with you when he/she is treated shabbily” she stated.

About the Africa Web Consult (AWC)

The West Cape Strategy Group is a consultancy that specializes in Web and Graphic Designs, Brand Identity, Internet Technology, Business and Strategy Services. We provide research and insights on how technology affects businesses in Africa.

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This item first appeared in the Today Newspaper | Ghana.