Africa Rising: Hybrid Future City Summit Annual Meet 2020 Concluded with Establishing Africa-Asia Tech Acceleration Action Agenda in Tanzania, Nigeria and Greater African Region

Memory Capture: African Frontier Panel Discussion in Future City Summit Annual Meet 2019 in Chicago Booth Business School in Hong Kong.

On 16–17 December 2020, the 5th Annual Meet of Future City Summit was successfully held globally, with Cyberport in Hong Kong used as the studio. The event was jointly sponsored by InvestHK (Government Department of Foreign Direct Investment) and Cyberport Hong Kong. The summit recorded over 390 nominated delegates from 49 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America with over 34,000 organic audience reach while streaming. Since 2018, Future City Summit has been highly engaged by the African young professional, policy and technology innovator communities.

This year, the Summit partnered and earned support of the The discussion has been surrounding the roadmap of the Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa (2020–2030).

Panelis: Petrider Paul, Ambassador of African Union Youth Advisory Council from Tanzania(bottom); Shem Ayegba, PMP, CP3P-F’S, Associate of Rainmaker Ventures from Nigeria(right); Isaya Yunge, the Queen’s Young Leaders 2018 and Forbes 30 Under 30 from Tanzania(middle) and Alexander Ljungström, Founder of Einar & Partners from Netherlands(left) in the Future City Summit Annual Meet 2020.

The Future City Summit Annual Meet 2020 was hosted by the Good City Foundation, a multilateral non-profit development organisation based in Hong Kong and Southeast Asian cities, founded in 2016. The 5th Annual Meet was themed “Global Post-Pandemic Recovery” with a series of thought-leadership dialogues with influential figures such as Stephen Phillips of InvestHK, Petrider Paul(Tanzania) of African Union Youth Advisory Council, Tita Larasati(Indonesia) of Indonesia Creative Cities Network, and Retnam Shanmuga of ASEAN Smart Cities Network, along with multiple side sessions.

5th Anniversary of Future City Summit Networking Session in Hong Kong in 2020

As an overall achievement, a global-scale moonshot ecosystem composed of 22 countries with members in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Middle East and Africa pledged at the closing ceremony to collaborate with members of Emerging Future Cities Network formed in 2018 and international high-level communities such as ASEAN Smart Cities Network and G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance. A 10-year agenda objective was then set forth to impact 100 emerging cities of 500,000 population each through digital urban innovation, advanced public policy and governance entrepreneurship.

Captures of Tech For Good Cities in Future City Summit Annual Meet 2020.

5 urban technology companies such as Kusini Water & Filters(South Africa), Kwaba(Nigeria), Bitmast Pay(Nigeria), Smartcore(Tanzania) and Medikea Health(Tanzania) were selected into the Tech For Good Cities Roadshow in the face of 20 investment committees.

Dr. Monica Ebele Idinoba, Principal Scientific Officer, Human Resources Science and Technology of The African Union Commission engaged in Future City Summit Annual Meet 2018 in Hong Kong as the High Table Dinner Keynote Guest in St. John’s College, HKU and the Roundtable for Emerging Future Cities Network.
African Frontier Panel discussion and the African Delegation audience, with Mr. James Ng(right), Chairman of African Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong in Future City Summit Annual Meet 2019.

With the support of Foreign Investment Department of the Hong Kong Government, Invest Hong Kong, the Good City Foundation entered into a collaboration with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and African Union Youth Advisory Council(AU). The partnership aims to build a greater urban tech ecosystem and create startup launchpad pipelines to co-invest in profitable ventures. The partnership involves formation of co-venture building schemes for early stage and ideation stage urban innovation and technology companies in Tanzania and African regions with product-market-fit and follow-up financing schemes. Co-investing schemes and pilots would be explored and designed with the COSTECH and investors network in Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area of Mainland China. Interested parties to engage and explore partnership may reach City Partner of Tanzania, Mr. Chrispin Boniface(chris@futurecitysummit.org).

The Africa-Asia Tech Acceleration Action Agenda in Tanzania, Nigeria and other African countries would plan ahead towards the coming milestones in May for the upcoming World Economic Forum events and Startmeup Festival in Hong Kong (virtual) with the partnership of Invest Hong Kong and other corporte ventures in Mainland China.

Chrispin Boniface, City Partner of Future City Summit and Good City Foundation attended the Tanzania Week in Kenya for promoting services and products from Tanzania, in 2018.
Project Roadshow in the Future City Summit Annual Meet 2019 in Chicago Booth
Shem Ayegba, Associate of Rainmaker Ventures, in-door venture building subsidiary of Good City Foundation, in Development Program “Public Private Partnership by Youth” in Manila, 2019.

The 5th Annual Meet was supported by a wide spectrum of stakeholders including African Union Youth Advisory Council, Global University Incubator, Generation T(Gen T) Asia, Yunus Environment Hub, YY Ventures, Golden Age Foundation, Hong Kong Social Enterprise Summit(SES), Independent Power Producers Forum(IPPF), Venturous Group, Aclan Pakistan, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology(Nepal Innovation Digital Network), Sustainable Finance Initiative, Generation Hong Kong, LAB.PH, Urbunx, PropTech Institute and production house DECT Production.

Chicago Booth Business School in Hong Kong Campus (FCS2019).

Fostering better public private partnership through foundation stewardship model in emerging cities.