Africa’s internet economy has the potential to leapfrog the continent’s trade and logistics capabilities and become a key global player in food security, says Vera Songwe, the executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, estimating that the internet economy in Africa could be easily worth US$180 billion, or about 5.2% of Africa’s GDP, by 2025. Conversely the Global Cost of Internet Shutdowns 2021 report says disruptions in Sub-Saharan Africa linked to regimes curtailing demonstrations, and a series of crackdowns on opposition and civil society, cost the continent about US$ 1.93 billion.
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