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GITEX Africa kicks off in Marrakech, tech show to usher in new era of African digital economy

GITEX Africa has officially kicked off in Marrakech, Morocco. Dubbed as Africa’s largest tech and start-up show, the event runs from 31 May to 2 June and promises an immersive experience for attendees, showcasing the latest advancements in technology and innovation.

GITEX Africa boasts an impressive lineup, with 900 exhibitors and start-ups, 250 leading investors, 250 conference speakers, and 30 ministerial delegations. The gathering has attracted tens of thousands of tech enthusiasts from 120 countries, making it a truly global affair.

Aziz Akhannouch, the Moroccan Head of Government, has taken centre stage today to inaugurate the debut edition of the event.

Akhannouch welcomed influential stakeholders from the global and African tech ecosystem, who have in their mission to drive bold digital transformation initiatives within the world’s flourishing innovation economy.

GITEX Africa 2023 is not only a convergence of cutting-edge technologies but also a catalyst for transformative investments and public-private partnerships. With over 100 government entities from 80 countries participating, the event aims to accelerate Africa’s digital transformation initiatives. Expect to witness numerous investment pledges and groundbreaking announcements that will shape the future of the continent’s digital landscape.

The inauguration ceremony saw esteemed speakers from across Africa and the world take the stage alongside Akhannouch. Notable figures included Dr. Ghita Mezzour, Minister of the Moroccan Ministry of Digital Transition and Administration Reform; Sidi Mohammed Drissi Melyani, the General Director of the Moroccan Digital Development Agency; Omar Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence; Chakib Alj, President of The General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises; Lacina Kone, CEO of Smart Africa; and Trixie LohMirmand, CEO of KAOUN International, the organizer of GITEX Africa.

Speaking about the significance of digital technology, Akhannouch emphasised its unparalleled role in economic development, not only on the international stage but particularly within Africa. He highlighted Africa’s increasing efforts to foster an environment that nurtures innovation, positioning GITEX Africa as an opportunity to showcase the continent’s tremendous potential and its dedication to cultivating technological skills and talents.

GITEX Africa 2023 enjoys the esteemed High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and is hosted by the Digital Development Agency (ADD), operating under the authority of the Moroccan Ministry of Digital Transition and Administration Reform.

As Africa’s premier tech event, GITEX Africa is affiliated with GITEX Global, the world’s largest tech and start-up show held in Dubai, UAE. Tech executives worldwide have lauded GITEX Global as the best global tech event, making it the ideal platform for Africa to shine on the international stage.