IDC Poised for Return of ‘Francophone CIO Summit’ with Region’s ICT Spending Set to Reach $18.9 Billion by 2016

Francophone Africa's most influential ICT decision makers will come together at Morocco's Mazagan Beach Resort on April 29 for two days of discussions on their pivotal role in the new business world of tech+ transformation. Now in its second year, IDC's Francophone CIO Summit will present the region's ICT community with actionable insights through a mix of end-user presentations and real-life case studies highlighting the latest global trends and ICT best practices currently shaping the market. The event will be formally launched during a press conference held at Casablanca's Hyatt Regency Hotel on March 25.

"We have seen a healthy increase in ICT spending in the Francophone Africa region in recent years, driven by the buoyancy of the markets in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria," says Ouafa Kathir, IDC's country manager for North Africa. "IT security continues to dominate the CIO agenda, with cloud computing also making waves as North African businesses begin to evaluate ways of integrating it into their operations. Another key observation is the spending on telecom services that today constitutes 74% of the overall North Africa ICT market. This has led to liberalization and rapid growth within the region's telecommunications sector, and such issues will feature heavily during the Francophone CIO Summit 2014 as a series of global experts assess the myriad ways in which innovation can be used as a driving factor for success."

Continued political tensions across the region, coupled with ongoing uncertainty in the global economy and the economic woes of the eurozone, will continue to directly and indirectly affect the region, creating some level of caution among IT buyers. However, as a result of relatively low IT penetration and usage rates, and without much of the baggage that comes with legacy systems, Francophone Africa will continue to play catch-up with the world's more mature economies, emerging as a region that will see consistent growth over the next five years.

Indeed, IDC's latest research shows ICT spending in Francophone Africa reaching $18.9 billion by 2016, with IT contributing to over $5.9 billion of that figure. Transformational technologies are expected to impact the ICT strategies employed by the region's CIOs during 2014 and beyond. IT consumerism and the rise of the so-called '3rd Platform' will drive the integration of these technologies into forward-thinking ICT roadmaps. However, this will coincide with a notable rise in IT recruitment and retention issues, forcing CIOs to invest more in training initiatives, and IDC will have numerous respected thought leaders on hand at the Francophone CIO Summit 2014 to offer thought-provoking insights into these developments.

Ms. Kathir will be joined by IDC's group vice president and regional managing director for Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, Mr. Jyoti Lalchandani, as they deliver the keynote addresses that will get the invitation-only Summit underway on April 29. Senegal's Ministry of Communication, Telecommunications, and Digital Economy will serve as the event's Strategic Partner, while IDC has also teamed up with some of the world's leading technology vendors, including EMC as Summit Partner, Oracle as Platinum Partner, and FireEye and Websense as Gold Partners.

For more information about IDC's Francophone CIO Summit 2014, and to learn about the wide range of partnership opportunities on offer, please contact Ouafa Kathir, country manager for North Africa, on +212 522 36 2524  or at