Africa Workshop

Advancing Social Economic Cross-Border Relations Through Technology and Cooperation

African Young People Support Centre / African Smart Cities Innovation Foundation Workshop
Wednesday 24th April 2024 : 9:30am – 12:30pm

This Workshop, organized by the African Young People Support Centre (AYPSC) in collaboration with the African Smart Cities Innovation Foundation (ASCIF), is geared towards a comprehensive exploration of social-economic cross-border relations, Although a specific emphasis on the African continent, it covers examples from other continents. The event aims to unravel the intricate interplay between trade dominance, political mediation, and technological advancements, all pivotal in fostering cross-border coordination and cooperation.

The examination of cross-border dynamics is a focal point, delving into the intricate dance between trade, politics, and institutions, including scrutinizing the correlation between trade dominance and the resulting economic interdependency that gives rise to cross-border linkages. Special attention will be given to investigating the role of local–central networks, involving government actors and other organizations, in mediating these complex processes.

In the era of global digital transformation, the Workshop will address continental advancements in digital governance from a global perspective. It will emphasize the imperative of continental harmonization and the need for complementary global actions to influence norms on digital governance. The ‘digital agenda’ calls for not only national policy implementation but also high-level political investment at the continental level, coupled with global engagement on standard setting.

The Workshop underscores the need for Africa to actively shape its role in global digital geopolitics. Insights shared during the event will focus on smart border technologies and their potential to revolutionize Africa’s infrastructure, whilst contributing significantly to securing peace and stability across the African continent, by efficiently connecting African capitals and socio-economic activities.

Workshop Time
Wednesday 24th April 2024 : 9.30am – 12:30pm
Delegates of the World Border Security Congress are entitled to participate in this African Young People Support Centre (AYPSC) and African Smart Cities Innovation Foundation (ASCIF) Workshop.

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