Chairman´s Message

Prof. Dr. Peter A. Bruck, Chairnan of the World Summit Award Board of Directors

African gems from Morocco to South Africa- a pan-African diameter of excellence

Everybody knows that Africa has with 540 million users one of the fastest growing mobile phone markets in the world. And the conversion from voice to data is in full swing.

The question now is, will the voices of Africa go silent when data dominate or will African content producers and mobile app designers be able to stand up and deliver what people need and do so in high quality?

The World Summit Award, an initiative organized in the UN process of the World Summit on the Information society (WSIS), is presenting this year for the first time the best products submitted as national best from 41 African countries.

With the African Content Award you can find mobile content which tackles local challenges and which demonstrates a strong impact on African society.

The awardees offer with their most innovative solutions new ways of living in Africa, new perspectives to all citizens, and offer solutions that are relevant for the continent.

Appropriate deployment of mobile content will support African countries to leap-frog their developmental challenges. Thus, it is most important to select the real gems and to showcase the light house projects and products.

I thank the African Development Bank for their kind invitation to recognize the first set of WSA African Content Award winners during the STI forum in Rabat and our partners ITIDA, ISESCO, African Innovation Foundation and Millennium@EDU for their kind support.