To help economies develop across Africa, he said nations needed to increase access to broadband internet, which he said less than 1% of people currently had access to.
“I am already working with some of you to bring together experts in this field for a major campaign and programme of work, because I truly believe that the rapid expansion of internet access in Africa could transform how Africa trades, learns and holds political power accountable.”
It worked well in Nigeria.
Advance-fee fraud boomed in Nigeria as government corruption and an economic downturn during the 1990s fuelled poverty and disillusionment in the country, said Insa Nolte of the University of Birmingham’s Centre of West African Studies.
“The availability of e-mail helped to transform a local form of fraud into one of Nigeria’s most important export industries,” Nolte said.