Cameroonian born technology entrepreneur, Rebecca Enonchong has been elected into the United Nations (UN) Africa Digital Identity Advisory Board, chaired by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and an Ethiopia’s PM Dr. Abiy Ahmed.
During the 11th Extraordinary Assembly of the African Union, the African Union Commission and the Economic Commission for Africa was briefed about the establishing a Centre of Excellence for Digital ID to work with the AUC, RECs and member countries to champion the Digital ID Initiative.
The objective for the establishment of the Centre is to provide technical inputs to the discourse on Digital ID on the continent, define and shape standards for Digital ID in Africa, provide capacity development for African countries and Regional Economic Communities on Digital ID.
The Centre will work closely with the AUC and undertake consultation with stakeholders (Regional Economic Communities-RECs, Member States and the Private Sector) on Digital ID, country diagnostic assessments, research and capacity building to continental and regional bodies as well as member countries.
The Centre of Excellence will also leverage staff expertise in ECA, leading international experts on Digital ID and guidance from the High-level Advisory Board chaired by His Excellency Mr. President Paul Kagame and His Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed.
A Pan-African non-profit association, the African Business Angel Network (ABAN) shared the information on twitter;
We couldn't be more proud of our co-founder and good friend Rebecca Enonchong for being elected to the UN Africa Digital Identity Advisory Board next to President @PaulKagame Prime Minster #Abiy and others. @africatechie Keep moving those mountains!! pic.twitter.com/SAYkaYTyI2
— ABAN Angels (@ABANAngels) November 21, 2018
The founder and CEO of AppsTec, Enonchong has been a recipient of various awards from organizations such as the World Economic Forum. Forbes listed her as one of the 10 Female Tech Founders To Watch In Africa during 2014.