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Africa-Europe Alliance: The Digital Economy Task Force presents its final recommendations

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The Digital Economy Task Force (DETF) unveiled its final report on 13th June 2019 in Bucharest to set the basis of cooperation between both continents in digital economic and social development.

The document, on which African and European experts have been working on over the last six months, proposes a set of policy recommendations and concrete actions to address the challenges of digitalisation in Africa.

For this purpose, the DEFT set out four main goals that respond to the priorities identified in the EUs Digital4development policy:

1.       Accelerating universal access to affordable broadband

2.       Guaranteeing essential skills for all to enable citizens to thrive in the digital age.

3.       Improving the business environment and facilitating access to finance and business support services to boost digitally enabled entrepreneurship.

4.       Accelerating the adoption of eServices and the further development of the digital economy for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Digital Economy Task Force

Set up in December 2018, the DETF has helped the EU and AU prioritise actions for cooperation. It has served a platform of partnership for the private sector, donors, international organisations, financial institutions and civil society based on a shared understanding of how an already fast evolving African digital transformation can achieve cross-border integration, and bring benefits to all citizens.