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DRC: Kinshasa relies on technology to achieve SDGs | Africa 21

Between science and data analysis, digital professions will take center stage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where a forum organized around the theme of “Artificial Intelligence (AI), Myth or Reality” has just concluded. The capital city of Kinshasa, with a population of 17 million people (just behind Lagos in Nigeria, ed.) will soon become a smart city thanks to the implementation of the Smart City project launched in 2019, according to the authorities of this Central African country.

“The state plans to digitize all areas of activity, be it healthcare, finance or education. It is important that there are rules regarding the information that circulates in various structures,” says Olga Kavira, Advisor to the Minister of Digital Technologies of the Congolese Republic.

Sustainability in the spotlight

As part of this project on the implementation model of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the DRC authorities, with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), organized a symposium called “Congo Bulmaya” in April 2021 within the Lubumbashi Innovation Center (Chinolu). The event, which was attended by representatives of civil society, municipalities from 26 provinces of the DRC, and information technology and finance professionals from Central Africa, ended with the announcement of the creation of 1,000 green jobs by 2024 through about ten start-ups.

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At the same time, the City of Light project is being developed in the DRC. The initiative, led by the African Diaspora State (SOAD) and the non-governmental organization (NGO) Community Action for Social-Economic Development (ACDS), aims to digitally transform the Muanda area in Congo province. -Central. If the goal planned under the project is to change the living conditions of at least 100,000 residents, then at the moment no specific information about its implementation is leaking.

Benois Ivan Vansi

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