On the initiative of Pratic, led by Luc Missidimbazi, in the presence of the Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, Léon Juste Ibombo, of “Tinda, Nokia-Noki, Home-Tech“three of the four start-ups came to represent Congo at Viva Tech, and several guests, a talk-debate, hosted by Splendide Lendongo around the theme ”Co-constructing digital with the diaspora “was held on June 13, at the end of the evening, at Restaurant les Deux Pianos, in Paris fifteenth.
Given the quality content of the contributions and stories of the business paths of the four “Osiane 2022” winning start-ups, this replaced a real plea for the mobilization of Congolese in France to allow them to participate. and consider the evolutions of the digital ecosystem that are so promising in Congo.
“Yes! The Congolese digital ecosystem is experiencing rapid, efficient growth, to the point of highlighting a real reservoir of emerging and hitherto untapped digital talent.“, can be heard in most of the speeches of the speakers praising the eternal establishment of an ecosystem in favor of change and research and development in Congo. The figures are evocative. The strongest so far is the internet penetration rate, which is at 40%. Observation in creating start-ups is on the rise.
And, in the face of this effective digital change, the Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Economy confessed that a law has been tabled in Parliament to put in place effective frameworks for the population to use digital as a respect for everyone’s freedom.
This country stands out in Central Africa as one that should be considered in the digital sector, whether undertaking, launching a project or investing.
At the beginning of “this promising ecosystem”, a political will of the Head of State, Denis Sassou N’Guesso, which encourages bet on the construction of infrastructure in the field of information and communication technologies and telecommunications and the training of adequate quality human resources. This policy was included in the successive plans of the government of former Prime Minister, Clément Mouamba, and the current, Anatole Collinet Makosso, and was implemented by Minister Léon Juste Ibombo.
Since then, it has been up to civil society, along with associations such as Pratic, to take initiatives involving digital professionals to build a platform for exchanges, reflections and exhibitions on good digital skills and innovation. Last April, Pratic organized the sixth International Exhibition of Information Technology and Innovation in Brazzaville.
Beyond this platform, Pratic has gradually expanded its scope of action by signing, for example, with Impulse, guarantee and support fund for very small, small, medium size and de l’Artisanat (Figa) or with Obac capital, a strategic and financial consulting company with a vocation in investment banking.
In his speech, Yvon Eddy Steeve Mougany, advisor to Figa’s director, explained how this public structure was meant to take advantage of promoters of project ideas and business leaders from the diaspora in the digital field, a wide range of funding tools.
For its part, the Obac capital, in collaboration with Pratic, wants to continue the initial village Osiane “Viso”, with a broader perspective, bringing together the six countries of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa and the sub- region.
In Paris, Philippe Bouiti Viaudo, associate director of the firm OBAC that manages the Pointe-Noire office and the Strategic and Financial Consulting division, arrived to propose to the Congolese of France, project leaders, very small businesses and small and medium sized businesses, the accompaniment in developing their business plan and their business strategy, provide their entrepreneurship training free of charge at the rate of the suggested chapters and also create with them a community of business strategists in the French -speaking world to generate feedback (benchmarking).
From this talk-debate, it emerged that, due to their amazement vis-à-vis the rapid evolution of the digital ecosystem, the expectations of the diaspora were met.
“It’s time to participate in Congo’s co-construction through content development”, launched Luc Missidimbazi. Because, he says, “An envelope of 200 million dollars will be available to start-ups. If the skills are not there in Congo, we need to find them from the diaspora”.
And Léon Juste Ibombo to relay: “Like four start-ups representing the colors of Congo, compatriots from abroad, dare to develop digital technology in your country of origin! “.
This procedure has already begun at the first recruitment forum for the Congolese diaspora, under the patronage of the Minister of Youth, Sports, Civic Education, Skills Training, Hugues Ngouélondélé, on November 9 and 10 last year, at the Palais des Congrès in Issy-les-Moulineaux.