Game-changing entrepreneurs in the digital and technology space are turning problems into business opportunities, creating jobs and improving lives. In 2035, one third of the global workforce will be in Africa, according to estimates.

Today about 85% of people on the continent work in the informal sector. Improving their fortunes requires a mindset change.

“Boosting the digital economy in developing countries will require a new way of thinking, including from entrepreneurs,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi says.

According to Dr. Kituyi, while many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries have yet to switch to digital technologies, a digital transformation is happening across Africa, led by SMEs and young entrepreneurs who are willing “to take a risk and pioneer new business models as game-changers.”.