Harris Announces Plans to Help Give 80% Of Africa Access to the Internet by 2030, up From 40% Now

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    Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during an event at Discovery World Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris is announcing the formation of a new partnership to help provide internet access to 80% of Africa by 2030, up from roughly 40% now.

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    Friday’s announcement comes as follow-through on Harris’ visit to the continent last year in conjunction with this week’s visit to Washington by Kenyan President William Ruto. Harris and the Kenyan leader were scheduled to have a fireside chat on Friday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about how public-private partnerships can increase economic growth.

    A preview of Harris’ initiatives obtained by The Associated Press outlines how she wants to follow through on the commitments she made to promote digital innovation when she visited Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia.

    Africa has struggled to receive the capital needed to build up its industrial and technological sectors. The United Nations reported last year that foreign direct investment in the continent fell to $45 billion in 2022, from a record high $80 billion in 2021. Africa accounted for only 3.5% of foreign direct investment worldwide, even though it makes up roughly 18% of the global population.

    Besides launching the nonprofit Partnership for Digital Access in Africa to improve internet access, Harris, a Democrat, is announcing a new initiative geared toward giving 100 million African people and businesses in the agricultural sector access to the digital economy.

    The African Development Bank Group along with Mastercard, among other organizations, will help form the Mobilizing Access to the Digital Economy Alliance, or MADE. The alliance will start a pilot program to give digital access to 3 million farmers in Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria, before expanding elsewhere.

    Harris, the first female U.S. vice president, is also announcing that the Women in the Digital Economy efforts to address the gender divide in technology access have now generated more than $1 billion in public and private commitments, with some U.S. commitments pending congressional approval.


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    Brandon
    Brandon
    25 days ago

    I think they have enough internet on the continent based on all the email scams

    Duvid
    Duvid
    25 days ago

    I hope when Trump wins he will scrap this.

    Now more than ever
    Now more than ever
    25 days ago

    Face of Evil and destruction

    Conservative Carl
    Conservative Carl
    24 days ago

    Let her be the president of some African country then.

    Yatzmach
    Yatzmach
    25 days ago

    Didn’t Hochul say blacks don’t know how to use a computer?

    Now more than ever
    Now more than ever
    25 days ago

    By 2030 u won’t be around!!!

    lastword
    Noble Member
    lastword
    24 days ago

    These should be private initiatives, not government-sponsored, and Harris’s involvement should reflect this, though it’s more likely she’s unfortunately tapping taxpayer funds, even for the programs still not pending congressional approval.

    Robert Goldman
    Robert Goldman
    24 days ago

    Wasn’t it bad enough when Nigeria got the web? The scams will be the only thing that comes from this..

    Needs to be said
    Needs to be said
    23 days ago

    Why should I give a darn about Africa. I care about the United States. It’s too bad these Looney tunes leftist care more about other than about our own country.

    If she’s so concerned about Africa, why doesn’t she just go there and stay there. They can use other ugly person.

    Biden and the Dems give aid and comfort to Hamas.
    Biden and the Dems give aid and comfort to Hamas.
    25 days ago

    Are those percentages based on the 1 billion people Biden says they’ll have soon or on the 1.4 billion and counting they have now?

    Bushmaster
    Bushmaster
    23 days ago

    Why should the content next to me become more influenced by the modern media machine?