JOHANNESBURG - Digitalisation offers Africa the opportunity to accelerate growth and rapidly expand struggling economies, but decision-makers must get strategies in place quickly in order to succeed, industrial manufacturing company Siemens said on Tuesday.
Experts say the urban population in Africa is expected to grow to 56 percent in 2050 from 35 percent in 2010, and this rapid urbanisation will require robust infrastructure to ensure expanding cities are hubs of growth and commerce.
A report put together by Siemens in conjunction with Frost & Sullivan, outlined the current state of key industries across the continent, identifying challenges and opportunities with a focus on water, manufacturing, mining and minerals as well as food and beverage.
The study found that the adoption of digital technologies was expected to remain varied across industries, markets and geographies, with the impact favouring businesses and industries that seek relevance and increasing contribution in international markets in addition to existing domestic markets.
"While advanced analytics and digitalisation are witnessing growing adoption across certain industry sectors, such as the automotive sector, there is a real opportunity for adoption of these across industry sectors such as the mining and food & beverage industry which are significant contributors to major African economies," it said.