Babajide Otoki, Chief Executive Officer of Jobberman Ghana has remarked that the African tech space hold so much promise and that in the coming years, the continent’s tech marketplace would see infrastructural development in the form of internet penetrations, more mobile users, roads, policies, tax waiver and power.
Speaking at the Africa Technology Summit, a two-day event organised by the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), based in Accra, the CEO of Ghana’s number one jobs website, highlighted that “these developments might not necessarily reduce the cost of doing business but will make it easier and more efficient for businesses to focus on growing their business”.
Mr. Otoki also noted that the thriving tech industry on the continent will see a new generation of start-ups, which will be more niche focused, thus spurring bigger investments and sporadic growth of the tech ecosystem and called on stakeholders to focus on user education, an area in the marketplace which has been ignored but detrimental to the growth of African tech space.
“African tech has been a growing and there has been a global interest with well over $400 million investments and capital being pumped into the ecosystem”, Mr Otoki added.
He further highlighted that one quick look at the African tech terrain and it is now clearer enough to see that mobile devices have become the preferred roll out strategy for businesses because it is the easiest means to reach consumers; who are increasingly using and relying on this technology to ease transactions and foster interactions.
“Unlike in the American tech industry, where focus is much more on luxury convenience tools, the African tech landscape, has seen the millennial generation of technologists, coders and entrepreneurs taking advantage of the enabling environment to solve the continent’s most pressing problems”, he added.
Jobbberman Ghana was a premiere sponsor of the two-day event, which took place at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra. The Summit among others featured many Executives, Founders, and investors in the African technology landscape, and a number of companies and tech industry players such as Ushahidi, Uber, Google, Tisu, Facebook, Microsoft, MTN, Vodafone, Pulse.ng, Jobberman, Hotels.ng, The Tony Elumelu Foundation, among others.
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