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How Africa can harness the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Muslim Times

Aug 18,2020 – JORDAN TIMES – Hanan Morsy

ABIDJAN — Key features of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) — accelerating digitalisation, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, robotics and 3D printing — have obvious and important implications for education, employment and the future of work. This is especially true for African countries. Over the past decade, the share of the continent’s under-20 population has expanded by more than 25 per cent, and is projected to be the continent’s largest age cohort by 2070. As Africa meets the 4IR, its youth will be one of its most important assets.

But to capture this demographic dividend, African countries must overhaul their education systems to prepare for the coming technological revolution. While automation could increase skills premiums and exacerbate income inequality, it also could increase productivity and create new occupations. As such, the 4IR represents a unique opportunity for African countries to leapfrog over…

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