We call on business and policy leaders to support young digital entrepreneurship through considering the following when designing programs and policies for digital working and living:
1. We believe it is government’s responsibility to ensure open access to technology and digital knowledge to all their citizens with emphasis on rural areas and disadvantaged communities.
2. We encourage African Governments to adopt the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, to ensure that considered a safe and secure space for Africa’s citizens to engage for their social, economic and civic empowerment.
3. We advise the development of local digital solutions in response to global challenges by harnessing the creativity and potential of the youth and local institutions and organizations.
4. We advocate for the integration of digital literacy, software education, and coding as a core competency in educational curricula at all levels, with an emphasis on gender equal educational opportunities.
5. We call for online spaces to be made safe for women and girls to collaborate and exchange ideas on digital entrepreneurship, connect with role models from the tech world, as well as promote greater representation of women in the ICT sector.
6. We propose the development of appropriate policies infrastructure, platforms, and investment that enable the commercialization of digital innovations of young entrepreneurs, minimizing risk and facilitating opportunity.
7. We support the further development of the digital entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa through support for sustainable hubs, innovation labs and other centers to ensure youth innovators have access to incubation opportunities.
8. We urge the development of infrastructures for south-south and north-south mentorship in order to ensure young enterprises can develop sustainable business models and exchange of best practices.
9. We propose updating and improving public procurement procedures to catalyze industrial development by prioritizing innovative start-ups and locally sourced services and goods to enhance regional trade on the African continent and beyond
10. We call for increased mobility across the continent, both of digital goods and services, through improved pan-African visa regulations, infrastructure, and exchange programs to ensure the diversity of perspectives, and expertise.