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"The greatest impact of technology in Africa in the next decade will be felt in health," explained Bob Collymore at the Innovating Economies Summit in Nairobi.

On 1 February 2017, over 300 institutions, investors and innovators from diverse industries came together with policy makers from across the continent for the Economist Summit in Nairobi.

  • Feb 15, 2017

The summit included many interesting on the opportunities and challenges with innovation and technology within Africa. Highlights included the opening debate on innovating economies, where panelist Chris Kirubi, Director of Centum Investment Group, explained; “Donald Trump has done Africa a favor by making America unattractive for foreigners to work there. Those foreigners and innovators should come to Africa and deploy their creativity”.

After lunch, Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom, joined the keynote panel discussion, alongside Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate VP, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft and Donald Kaberuka, Former President, African Development Bank, on Africa and the global knowledge economy.

Highlighting M-TIBA as an example, Bob Collymore shared with the audience how the strong partnership between PharmAccess, CarePay and Safaricom has led to a successful innovation for healthcare in Kenya. Toni Townes-Whitley went on to add, “digitization will be greatly felt in health care. It is also about how you monetize data collected from operations.”


Keynote panel discussing Africa and the global knowledge economy