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Canon Central and North Africa, a division of Canon Middle East (founded in 2015) and a subsidiary of Canon Europe, participated in Innovation Summit for the first time as a partner.
The Summit – that took place between 3-5 December in Accra, Ghana  – brought together African policy-makers and senior officials from more than 40 countries to discuss the subject of education, innovation and information technology.

According to Canon’s press statement, “Education is one of the key areas of commitment in Africa for the company. The Miraisha Program, launched in 2014 in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, has implemented initiatives to support young Africans. The demographic change of the continent is dynamic: by 2050, Africa’s population will double, growing from 1 billion now to 2.4 billion in 30 years, with half of this figure accounting for under-25s.

Faced with this positive scenario, the Miraisha Program, which finds its origins in Kyosei – living and working together for the common good (in Japanese) – Canon’s fundamental corporate value, aims to develop employment in key African markets through regular education initiatives.

Canon has formed several local partnerships across Africa to further this initiative. In Ghana, the company has partnered with MFI Ghana to help train and advance the skills of 22 printers in Accra and the surrounding region which are currently struggling with an influx of international suppliers that threaten their market share. In Nigeria, Canon has become a partner at the School of Arts, Design & Printing at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos. Eighty students have benefited from a week of training by an expert coach from Canon, giving them access to the latest generation of printing machines. In Kenya, Canon has signed a partnership with the Kenya Film Commission. In Uganda, Canon has been supporting the Uganda Press Photo Award since the past four years.

During the event, a range of presentations, including one by CCNA managing director Somesh Adukia emphasized the existence of opportunities for exchanges at the Africa Summit with exhibitors and different government representatives.