The annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, FIFAfrica 2019, will take place in Addis Ababa September 23-26, the Ethiopian Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MoIT) announced on Thursday.
According to reports, delegations from all African states, plus representatives of companies and organizations from other countries of the world, confirmed their attendance at the event, organized by the MoIT and the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa.
The event offers a platform for the critical engagement of diverse stakeholders on internet rights and freedoms, viewed through the lens of policy, regulation, and governance, a press release points out.
According to the organizers, the Forum is a favorable context to involve institutions and associations in building a digital economy, and a society grounded on knowledge and technology, as part of the reforms implemented in the territory.
FIFAfrica 2019 joins other recent meetings in the nation related to citizens online and offline power, such as the World Press Freedom day celebrations held in May, the text continues.
Ethiopia will host the Forum for the first time. The 2018 edition was hosted by Ghana, while the 2017 was hosted by South Africa and other editions since 2014 were held in Uganda.