Africell Sponsors 2024 Sierra Leone Innovates Tech Summit

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By Esther Wright

Africell Sierra Leone, one of the leading telecommunications company, is set to play a pivotal role in advancing technological innovation in Sierra Leone as the primary sponsor of the 2024 Sierra Leone Innovates Tech Summit. Organized by the Ministry of Communication, Technology and Innovation, the summit is scheduled from June 11 to 13, 2024, at the Freetown International Conference Center, Bintumani.

Shadi Gerjawi, Managing Director of Africell Sierra Leone, highlighted the importance of providing a platform for young tech enthusiasts to flourish. “At Africell, we firmly believe that supporting education, technology and innovation is vital for the growth and development of our country,” he stated.

The Managing Director expressed his pride in Africell’s sponsorship underscoring the company’s commitment to creating a conducive environment for young innovators. “We are dedicated to establishing a state-of-the-art Tech and Innovation Center where young minds can explore and realize their potential,” he added.

Africell’s participation in the summit will feature an engaging booth with tech-driven activities and experiences. Shadi Gerjawi warmly invited all attendees to visit the Africell booth and immerse themselves in the world of technology and innovation.

Minister of Communications, Technology and Innovation, Salima Monorma Bah, emphasized the summit’s goal of bringing together innovators, stakeholders and global tech giants to advance innovation in Sierra Leone and showcase local talent. “The Government is committed to fostering a culture of innovation. Our agenda is to create a dynamic platform for young people to showcase their talents, develop solutions and bring their creative ideas to fruition,” Minister Bah stated.

She highlighted the need to support innovation across various sectors, including agriculture, mining and transportation. “To transition from ideas to market-ready products, our innovators need access to resources such as finance, infrastructure and regulatory support,” the Minister noted.

The Tech and Innovation Summit aims to address those challenges by connecting innovators, industry leaders and venture capitalists. “The summit is not just a showcase event. It is a platform for meaningful conversations about integrating innovative solutions into our national plans. We will discuss access to finance, regulatory reforms  and creating a conducive environment for innovation,” Minister Bah concluded.


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