With regards to technological advancements, Africa appears to be working on a slow yet steady pace. They haven’t shown any drastic rise in development, yet, the countries of this region are joining the trail gradually. The region has at least successfully represented significant development to attract tech and cybersecurity personnel. That’s the reason we now frequently see a dedicated VPN Africa offering servers in different African countries.
Technology field in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is one of those African countries that have rebelliously moved its focus towards technological advancements. After South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana, Ethiopia seems to be the next country adopting tech developments. Although, the country has shown tremendous economic growth during the past 20 years, still, the GDP per capita of Ethiopia is quite low as compared to the rest of the world. Nonetheless, witnessing the pace of technological growth, and the interest of the people of Ethiopia in technology, we may hope to see this country topping up the world lists soon.
Troubles adopting technology
Initially, Ethiopia faced trouble adopting technology due to lack of education and awareness. The country came to know about information technology in the 1960s and still has problems becoming used to them due to patchy understanding. Thanks to donor agencies, such as UNESCO, that microcomputers were launched in the country, and the people started getting acquaintance about IT. However, the real progress of the country started off in the 1990s. In 1996, the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporations (ETC) established the first internet connection, triggering the formal growth of this sector.
A local tech entrepreneur
Recently, Ethiopia made it to the news because of the passionate local tech entrepreneur. A 19 years old girl, Betelhem Dessie, has startled everyone with the news of being the youngest tech entrepreneur in Ethiopia. She is a dedicated programmer, having patented numerous software programs during the past three years, but she has also trained as much as 20,000 young people for coding. Perhaps, she is all geared up to prepare another generation to drive the future of technology.
‘It’s a necessity’
According to Dessie, technology is a luxury or a convenience for the other nations. But, for Ethiopia, ‘it’s a necessity’. Indeed, keeping in view the struggles of Ethiopia towards advancements, like most other African countries, one can agree with her perception. The nation still faces several challenges in building up a robust IT infrastructure. Perhaps, developing a dedicated National Information Infrastructure (NII) plan covering strategies to promote information systems, network, and telecommunication, may help them grow soon.