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Smart Government Summit

July 24 - 25, 2024
The Marriott Hotel, Nairobi
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Reimagining Governance: Agile, Open, Inclusive

The Smart Government Summit stands at the forefront of Africa’s digital transformation, bridging the gap between advanced digital technologies and government operations. This pivotal event comes at a time when Africa’s digital landscape is witnessing exponential growth, with increasing internet access and mobile connectivity shaping public sector innovation. The summit is a critical confluence for discussing the integration of digital solutions in government, offering a unique perspective on the future of digital government in Africa.

Governments and public sector organizations across the world are trying to balance essential, and often conflicting, demands: to deliver better,
more relevant public services centred on the needs of the citizens and businesses they serve; to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of their operations; and to reinvent supply chains to deliver services quickly, cheaply and effectively.
- Alan Brown, Digitizing Government: Understanding and Implementing New Digital Business Models.


Topics and Themes

AI and Machine Learning in Governance

Data and Analytics for Decision Making

Digital Transformation in Public Sector

Innovations in e-Governance

Digital Infrastructure Development

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

Digital Service Delivery

Public-Private Partnerships

Digital Literacy and Inclusion


Target Audience

The Smart Government Summit brings together leading public and private sector innovators who are driving Africa's digital transformation in government operations and services. This premier event is designed for people in government involved in modernizing public infrastructure, digitizing operations, and harnessing emerging technologies to enhance delivery of services to citizens across African countries. Delegates will gain an invaluable perspective on the future of digital government in the region through insights from experts spearheading major digital transformation initiatives in the public sector.

Senior Government Officials

Representatives from International Organizations

Innovators and Experts in Digital Technology

Private Sector Executives



  • Day 01

    July 24, 2024

  • Day 02

    July 25, 2024

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM


09:00 AM - 09:10 AM

Opening Remarks

09:10 AM - 09:35 AM

AI for Public Good: Ethical Considerations and Practical Applications

09:35 AM - 09:55 AM

Deploying AI Solutions in Government: Opportunities and Challenges

09:55 AM - 10:30 AM
Panel Discussion

Harnessing AI for Improved Public Services

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Official Opening

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Panel Discussion

AI and Digital Transformation: A Pathway to Sustainable Development

High level panel

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Lunch Break

02:30 PM - 02:50 PM

Building Resilient Digital Infrastructure for Tomorrow's Governance

02:50 PM - 03:10 PM

Fortifying Cybersecurity Resilience in Critical Infrastructure

03:10 PM - 03:40 PM
Panel Discussion

Public-Private Partnerships for Cyber Resilience

03:40 PM - 05:00 PM

Parallel Roundtable Discussions

  • AI Governance and Ethical Considerations

  • Digital Citizen Engagement and Service Delivery

  • Digital Service Design and Delivery Excellence

Explore the ethical implications of AI deployment in government operations, including issues related to algorithmic bias, data privacy, transparency, and accountability. Discuss strategies for developing ethical AI frameworks and regulatory guidelines to ensure responsible AI use in public sector applications.

Delve into innovative approaches to leveraging digital technologies to enhance citizen engagement, improve service delivery, and promote transparency in government processes. Discuss case studies, best practices, and challenges in implementing citizen-centric digital services and participatory governance initiatives.

Examine strategies for designing and delivering citizen-centric digital services that are intuitive, accessible, and user-friendly. Discuss principles of human-centered design, service design thinking, and agile development methodologies to enhance the quality, accessibility, and responsiveness of government services.

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

End of Day 1

Expo, Networking and Social Agenda

08:00 AM - 08:30 AM


08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat

09:00 AM - 09:25 AM

Digital Citizenship: Empowering Citizens through Technology

09:25 AM - 09:50 AM

Agility in Action: From Code to Policy

09:50 AM - 10:30 AM
Panel Discussion

Data-Driven Decision Making: Leveraging Big Data for Policy Insights

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Greening Government IT Infrastructure

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM

Digital Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM
Panel Discussion

Smart Governance Driving Climate Action

12:10 PM - 01:00 PM

Digital Transfromation Showcase

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Lunch Break

02:30 PM - 02:50 PM

Closing the Digital Divide through Digital Literacy and Inclusion

02:50 PM - 03:10 PM

How to Building a Future-Ready Workforce

03:10 PM - 03:30 PM
Panel Discussion

Upskilling and Reskilling for the Future of Public Service

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Parallel Roundtable Discussions

  • Promoting Digital Literacy and Responsible Online Behavior among Citizens

  • Supporting Startup Ecosystems: Smart Government Policies for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • Accelerating Digital Transformation in County Governments: Strategies and Best Practices

Engage in a discussion on strategies for promoting digital literacy and fostering responsible online behavior among citizens. Share best practices, resources, and educational initiatives aimed at equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the digital landscape safely, critically evaluate online content, and participate responsibly in digital communities.

Engage in a discussion on the role of smart government policies in supporting the development and growth of startup ecosystems. Explore policy interventions such as tax incentives, regulatory sandboxes, and entrepreneurship education programs that foster a supportive environment for startups to thrive, attract investment, and create jobs, while promoting diversity, inclusion, and sustainability in the startup ecosystem.

Engage in a discussion on strategies and best practices for accelerating digital transformation in county governments. Explore successful case studies, challenges, and opportunities in implementing digital technologies, enhancing service delivery, and improving citizen engagement at the county level.

05:00 PM - 05:30 PM


05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Expo and Networking



This is your chance to align your brand with Africa’s most transformative gathering of government and technology leaders. As an exclusive sponsor, you will gain unmatched visibility and thought leadership positioning with decision-makers at the forefront of digital transformation across the continent.

The Smart Government Summit delivers must-have benefits: Brand exposure to influential government and tech professionals, opportunities to network with key decision-makers and forge strategic partnerships, insights into government needs, and the ability to enter or expand in Africa's rapidly growing digital government market. Become a sponsor and ensure your brand spearheads the future of digital government in Africa.

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Where & When

The Marriott Hotel, Nairobi
July 24 - 25, 2024

Contact Person Details

Events Team