Smart Africa Launches Africa Wide Coordinated Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Smart Africa, a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socioeconomic development , has launched a continent-wide technology based coordinated impact response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Africa.

Kigali,Rwanda., March 27, 2020 – Smart Africa has launched a continent-wide technology based coordinated impact response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Africa. This response is aimed at bringing together the 30 member states under the Smart Africa Alliance and the 40 private sector members of the Alliance to coordinate efforts to stem the pandemic in Africa.

In order to tackle this unprecedented crisis, by its magnitude and its impact on society, the Smart Africa Secretariat seeks to support digital health services projects that aim at improving and accelerating the African governments response to the challenges of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The projects under the initiative are aimed at assisting African countries to:

  • Assess individual risk and guide decision making;
  • Assist African populations in finding nearby testing sites;
  • Provide reliable updates and alerts from public health authorities;
  • Report on community status;
  • Track and report transmissions.

Moreover, to ensure that the efforts are relevant to the African context, critical technological parameters are considered as below:

  • A solution available via web, application (iOS, Android, Windows), USSD, and other messaging platforms;
  • Data collection from diverse points such as individual smartphones or terminals at public facilities (e.g. testing terminals at border controls, testing terminals by medical authorities, etc.);
  • A reporting dashboard accessible to the admin with relevant data – specific rights depending on the status of the admin (e.g. public authorities, medical authorities) will be established;
  • Anonymized data (no personal information including name, ID, address recorded on the system) generated by use of the solution can be published in real-time through a database accessible with an API and map interface on a public website for public health authorities to monitor;
  • Reliably informative content available in local languages in various formats (written – vocal with Interactive Voice Recognition technology) – e.g. prevention practices, isolation practices, closest health facilities, additional one-on-on support, etc.;
  • Assessment and guidance compliance to the World Health Organization (“WHO”), national and local public health guidelines and include exposures, symptoms of illness, and underlying health status.

There are numerous international interventions to the coronavirus pandemic but so far very few that are relevant to the immediate African context. We are bringing a credible and coordinated technology based African response which must go beyond our 30 member countries to the entirety of the African continent. The aim is to save lives and we must all do our part,” said Mr. Lacina Koné, Director General of Smart Africa.

The response will be initiated through a call for proposals which will involve numerous stakeholders across Africa. Once initiated the response by governments to the pandemic is expected to be coordinated, efficient and to save lives.

About Smart Africa

SMART Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socioeconomic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies.

The Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda on 28th-31st October 2013 culminated in the adoption of the Smart Africa Manifesto document by seven (7) African Heads of States (Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Mali, Gabon, Burkina Faso) in which they committed to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICT’s.

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PosecAfrica Launches African Continental on Building Sustainable Wealth

Denis is a young builder in Cameroon who has opened a new office and increased revenues by almost 35%. Esther is a roadside vendor in Nigeria who is adept at saving and reinvesting into her business by making little adjustments on what she spends on. Philemon runs a small production plant where he makes various flavors of popcorn. He has succeeded to expand his production plant’.

What all these hustlers have in common is, they found suitable investment opportunities and raised as little as $1,000 to expand their businesses through collaboration with PosecAfrica. At the back of their successes is PosecAfrica (Political, Social, and Economic Change Through Entrepreneurship in Africa), a 2-year-old platform Gerald Chiatoh Etangayong founded in November of 2017.

PosecAfrica Continental Tour:

Now, Gerald has launched the PosecAfrica Continental Tour to help entrepreneurs build sustainable wealth with through their businesses. The tour which will start in Yaounde, Cameroon, from November 2019, will run under the theme: “Building Sustainable Wealth ‘Money’ How to Make it and Keep It.”

Commenting on the tour, Gerald Chiatoh said:
“This topic has been the one topic that resonates with all our platform members from the moment we began. We believe in teaching people how to build sustainable wealth and by this, we are doing Africa three favors:

1) Helping to create entrepreneurs who will usher in economic prosperity.

2) Empowering people who will create jobs to solve the massive unemployment we face in Africa today.

3) We also believe that the collective impact of these empowered entrepreneurs will bring in the needed economic reforms and even force politicians to make economic and social-friendly policies.”

Besides building sustainable wealth, having the right mindset is uber important for succeeding in business and in life.

As an entrepreneur and founder of PosecAfrica, Gerald Chiatoh understands the struggles of entrepreneurship in Africa and across Europe.
“We create change, starting with the mindset. Our work centers around creating political, social and economic change, not through politics or engaging in policy formulation, but by creating and empowering entrepreneurs. We believe creating millions of entrepreneurs across Africa will usher in an era of prosperity and the need for better economic policies, will bring about needed reforms in the political and social milieu. The impact we create through our network and community of entrepreneurs cannot be overlooked. Society depends on the creativity and bravery of these entrepreneurs to create opportunities for themselves and their communities,” he said.

Living the PosecAfrica dream

Believing that Africans have the power to shape their destinies according to their imagination, Gerald and his team at Posec Africa are out to reset the mindset of Africans.
“My motivation comes from making people believe they can have what they want. Do what they want. Create the change they desire and make the world better.
Changing the mindset of African youths and preventing them from falling into online scams, is, therefore, the sole goal of this vibrant entrepreneur. He aims to create and empower entrepreneurs who will change Africa’s landscape.
“I am excited about the opportunities I see around Africa. That creates a passion in me to make sure that others see it too and take full advantage of it. It was for this reason that we created Posec Africa in 2017 to enable young Africans to maximize their opportunities.

“There are over 600 million youths across Africa. Our goal is to transform one million of them into successful entrepreneurs by 2025. So far, we have almost 14,4000 entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in our network. My goal is to see Africa transformed to become the economic bedrock of the world. Leading in all aspects. To see that goal achieved, I believe entrepreneurship is a fundamental part and milestone to enable it happen.”

Meet Gerald Chiatoh Etangayong

Gerald Chiatoh Etangayong grew up in Cameroon. He holds a in Political Science and Administration from the University of Buea, Cameroon. He also has Masters in Business Administration with a specialty in International Business.

Growing up, Gerald’s parents made him to believe that the more degrees he had, the higher his value in the job market would be. However, when he started his business, he realized, true value comes from what one can give (talents, work ethics, beliefs, and knowledge).
“I realized that the best education we get is the one we map out for ourselves, not the curricula laid out by pedagogy.”
With that notion, Gerald found his way to the United Kingdom, and that was where he got his vision.
I came to the UK with one goal, learn how to make money to empower others and use my success experiences to teach others to do the same. So far, I believe the plan is working

The power of persistence

A successful social entrepreneur who coaches and mentors, Gerald remains relentless in his fight for a better Africa.
“The first lesson anyone doing anything needs to learn is, believe you can and you will. Nothing has or will ever be achieved if the one bearing the dream or vision doesn’t believe he/she can succeed. After believing, comes action and persistence until success comes. Sometimes, people give up too quickly and easily. Persistence means sticking to it till it’s done, and that’s how you win or get anything done. Strategy is only 2%, execution is 3%, mindset, faith, and persistence make up 95% of success.”

A positive mindset is what Gerald believes can create millions of entrepreneurs across Africa and usher in an era of prosperity.
He’s, therefore, calling on Africans to think positively as limited thinking leads to limited ideas, which stunt growth and performance.

Instagram: @Pose_africa.

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