Digital Ethiopia 2025 – A Digital Strategy for Ethiopia’s Inclusive Prosperity

Digital Ethiopia 2025 – A Digital Strategy for Ethiopia’s Inclusive Prosperity

Digital Ethiopia 2025 – A Digital Strategy for Ethiopia’s Inclusive Prosperity

Executive Summary

Technological change has been the primary driver of social development, productivity improvements and inclusive growth. The world is, once again, at the dawn of the next technological change. Countries are at different stages and have different opportunities available to them in this new paradigm. A critical first step is to ensure the approach selected for digital transformation is treated as a means to a country’s national development vision and priorities.

For Ethiopia, a digital transformation strategy needs to be aligned with critical Homegrown documents i.e. the 2019 Homegrown Economic Reform Agenda and the Ten-Year Development Plan (2020-2030) as well as with international commitments such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Continental Digital Strategy. These guiding Government documents aim to correct macroeconomic imbalances, address structural impediments to inclusive prosperity and highlight sectoral priorities – ultimately to develop an inclusive, knowledge-based and prosperous society. Agriculture, manufacturing, mining, information and communications technologies (ICTs), the creative industry and tourism are the selected sectors that Government has prioritised for job creation, forex and exports, and inclusive growth. While the Government will use such guiding documents and iterative analysis to support and enable the digital economy, the role of the private sector will be fundamental in harnessing the full potential of digital transformation.

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