Morocco, catalyst of the digital revolution in Africa: A retrospective of GITEX Africa Morocco 2023 and expectations for the 2024 edition

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The Kingdom of Morocco is preparing to host in a few weeks the 2nd edition of Gitex Africa Morocco, a major event which celebrates technological innovation and the dynamism of digitalization ecosystems on the African continent. The 2023 edition of GITEX Africa, placed under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, marked a significant turning point in positioning Morocco as Africa’s digital hub. Organized under the aegis of the Ministry of Digital Transition and Administrative Reform, in partnership with the Digital Development Agency (ADD) and Kaoun International.

The event was an exceptional success and dynamic, leading to the influx of more than 32,000 visitors from 128 countries. Likewise, the participation of more than 275 investors and more than 125 government entities testifies to the importance and appeal of this edition, with the expression of their affirmed desire to return for the next edition.

It should be noted that this 1st edition was characterized as follows:
– Best edition in the world of all inaugural editions of trade shows in all industries;
– 84% of exhibitors and 90% of visitors declared that they would most certainly return for future editions;
– TOP 5% of all B2B exhibitions worldwide;
– The benchmark digital event at the regional and continental level.

GITEX Africa Morocco 2023 was also an opportunity to offer participants a real platform for knowledge exchange, to enter into strategic partnerships and to inspire entrepreneurship between technological leaders, innovative startups, and foreign investors.

The 2024 edition promises to be even more ambitious with a variety of themes ranging from cybersecurity to fintech, from e-health to artificial intelligence to smart cities. Scheduled for May 29 to 31 in Marrakech, it aims to attract more exhibitors than last year, by doubling the dedicated surface area, in order to meet the growing demand from large international companies in new technologies and digital having demonstrated the interest in participating. This global enthusiasm for this event testifies to the essential role that the destination Morocco now plays in the attractiveness of contractors and influencers in this innovative sector of digital and new information and communication technologies.

On another register, this positioning was able to strengthen Morocco’s leadership through its election during Gitex Africa Morocco 2023, as president of the Council of African Information Technology Agencies (CAITA) within the Smart Alliance Africa, thus reflecting the firm desire to promote cooperation and technological integration on a continental scale. As a reminder, CAITA, as the advisory body of Smart Africa, works for a digitally integrated and prosperous Africa, aligned with the objectives of sustainable development and the economic aspirations of the continent.
Smart Africa, a pan-African commitment in which Morocco is proud to participate, in application of the high guidelines of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, focuses on accelerating sustainable socio-economic development through information and technology technologies. Communication. The initiative aims to transform Africa into a single digital market, a vision that Morocco actively supports through its policies and initiatives, notably by facilitating access to inclusive digital services and supporting technological innovation.

As part of these efforts, the ADD plays a central role not only in the organization of the African edition of GITEX but also in national digital development. As a public establishment that is a catalyst for digital development in Morocco, the ADD implements the Moroccan government’s strategy for digital development, aiming to establish digital public services and guarantee their interoperability, strengthen their digital capacities, supporting technology entrepreneurship and promoting digital inclusion across the country.

The organization of GITEX Africa Morocco is fully within the framework of the Agency’s missions as a promoter of digital development in Morocco and also as a catalyst for pan-African initiatives aimed at integrating advanced technologies into commercial and commercial practices. governments on the continent.

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