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Innovation Week in Africa – Young business innovators are making money with Open Source.

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All through last week, I spent my time in Ghana at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center for Excellence in ICT ( AITI-KACE ) in Accra. It has been an incredibly refreshing experience for me, personally, and for the hundreds of students, developers, businesses, bankers and educators that are participating in the forum.

The I-Week has drawn participants from all parts of Africa and Europe. The program is specifically designed to cater to the needs of government, businesses, academia, developers and even venture capitalists. I am attending on behalf of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa - FOSSFA. Coming from a FOSS advocacy foundation, I am pleasantly surprised by the level of networking among participants. This proves us right... Open Source in Africa has come of age.

The Ghanaian Minister of State, Finance and Economic Planning stressed that "whereas some believe that we should continue to develop our agricultural base since it is the area with the highest resources and probably easier to accomplish, others strongly believe that a complete shift in paradigm to embark on service delivery to other markets will be a gold mine for our nations prosperity.

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