Skip to main content
Shaping Europe’s digital future logo


The digital transformation offers Africa tremendous opportunities.

In the Political Guidelines for the European Commission 2019-2024, President Ursula von der Leyen called for a new comprehensive strategy with Africa, and to support the continent in designing and implementing its own solutions to local challenges.

Digital Transformation in Africa

The sixth EU-Africa business forum (.pdf) held in Abidjan in November 2017 concluded that the digital economy is a driver for inclusive growth job creation and sustainable development. The digital economy provides cost-effective solutions to ongoing development challenges.

The participants in the business forum acknowledged the importance of an EU-Africa digital cooperation platform involving all relevant stakeholders. Such a platform ensures input on measures decided by public actors, facilitates implementation of commonly agreed solutions, and improves cooperation between public decision-makers, development banks, private firms and civil society.

Following the business forum, the Digital4Development file (.pdf) was accepted as a fully-fledged policy of the European Union aimed at:

  • supporting the digital integration of the African continent under the guidance of the African Union;
  • supporting the deployment of affordable broadband connectivity and assuring a direct link with the EU through a cross-border backbone infrastructure;
  • helping African partners to equip young people with digital skills for the future;
  • using the potential of the African digital entrepreneurs to create sustainable jobs;
  • investing in the deployment of digital services such as e-government, e-education, e-health, e-commerce, e-agriculture or fin tech to create inclusion, efficiency, transparency and better services for citizens.

To this end, DG Connect supported the creation of the Digital for Development Coalition. This coalition is a multi-stakeholder group bringing together a number of European companies with the development agencies of Germany, France and Belgium to advise the European Commission on digital policy. In 2020, this effort was be scaled up to a Digital Partnership Hub.

EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force

EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force logo

The European Commission and the Commission of the African Union launched an EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force in December 2018. The Task Force was launched in line with the New EU-Africa Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs and as part of the High-Level Forum Africa-Europe: 'Taking cooperation to the digital age'.

The Task Force worked along strands of connectivity, digital skills, digital entrepreneurship and digital services. It presented its report with concrete policy recommendations at the Digital Assembly held in Bucharest in June 2019.

The recommendations of the EU-AU Digital Economy Task Force will guide EU support for the digital transformation of Africa towards the creation of an African single digital market in the upcoming years.

The recommendations of the Task Force are mirrored in the African Union’s Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa endorsed by the Sharm El Sheik Declaration (.pdf) in October 2019. Taking on board the proposed actions laid out in the Task Force report, the strategy will contribute to harnessing digital technologies and innovation to transform African society and economy, generate inclusive economic growth, stimulate job creation and break the digital divide.


Trade and Technology Council: Inaugural meeting agrees on important deliverables and outlines areas for future EU-US cooperation

At the first meeting of the Trade and Technology Council (TTC) in Pittsburgh, the EU and the US agreed on concrete deliverables and outlined the future scope of work. Notably, the EU and the US committed to cooperating closely on shared priorities such as export controls, foreign investment screening, critical and emerging technology standards including Artificial Intelligence, and secure supply chains including on semiconductors. They also agreed to work together on important global trade issues, such as the challenges posed by non-market economies and trade-related climate and environment

Related Content

Big Picture

Foreign policy

As more countries are inspired by the European digital model, European companies have more opportunities to do business, creating more jobs for citizens.

See Also

EU Neighbours

The European Commission works closely with third countries geographically close to the European Union.

Regional and bilateral relations

Regional and bilateral relations focus on market access for European companies and on promoting a sound and transparent regulatory global environment.

Global Internet and telecommunications

The European Commission works at international level with other global players to shape the developments of the Internet and the telecommunications world.


Asia is a vibrant economic region of the world, with dynamic markets and a strong innovation capacity.


The digital economy & society is now firmly part of the agenda for the EU's relations with the Americas.