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Sierra Leone President Arrives today for Kampala’s African Block Chain Conference

Uganda is Monday set to receive Sierra Leone leader, Julius Maada BIO for a three-day state visit during which he will attend the much-anticipated African Block Chain Conference in Kampala.

President Maada is expected to deliver a Key note address on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

This year’s Africa Blockchain Conference which will take place on July 3 at Kampala Serena Hotel.

It is organised by CryptoSavannah and the Blockchain Association of Uganda with the support of the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance.

Officials said this year’s conference theme will be “Africa 4.0:  Preparing Africa for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)’’.

Focus will be on empowering participants to appreciate the meaning and opportunities of 4IR and the threats the emerging technologies pose.

An intense discussion will be held on what Africa must do to leverage 4IR for its development.

Alongside the conference, will run the “Africa 4.0 Tech Expo,” an experiential journey showcasing the leading technology innovations and applications in Africa.

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The conference and tech expo will host 3,000 people, comprising the public and private sector, experts and leaders from global technology companies, entrepreneurs, innovators, students, youth and government representatives.

The topics to be discussed include Africa’s readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution, Fintech, payment systems and digital financial services, the future of work and education, SDGs and technology for impact.

President Maada was invited by his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement to ChimpReports on Monday that the visit would “further strengthen the warm and cordial relations existing between the two countries. These relations are anchored in the spirit of good will, mutual respect, shared prosperity, and Pan Africanism.”

The two Heads of State, according to the Foreign Ministry, will engage in “bilateral discussions and explore avenues in further strengthening cooperation  in the political, economic and social cultural areas of interest  with the view to  further deepening regional integration and the promotion of structural transformation and industrialization of the two countries.”

Uganda and Sierra Leone have worked together to contain  the deadly outbreak of the Ebola Virus in Sierra Leone between 2014 – 2015.

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