DISCOP Abidjan is held at the end of May in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital at the four-star Radisson Blue Hotel, only 500 meters away from the Abidjan International Airport. The event is currently sized to welcome 750+ delegates and offer them a program that includes a market showcasing content available for immediate delivery, works in progress and projects in development, social and networking activities as well as a sidebar program dubbed NEXT GEN and featuring conferences, panel discussions, workshops and pitching sessions.
There is more development to be expected in French-speaking Africa than anywhere else in the world. French-speaking Africa’s entertainment and media sector encompassing movies, internet, television, music, radio and video games is expected to grow by 35% by 2021.
Demographic, economic and social change is underway on the continent, and Africa boasts the fastest-growing French-speaking population in the world. Close to 150 million people speak the language, with that number projected to rise to as many as 600 million by 2050 while the Continent’s population will double to around 2.4 billion people.
The fast-rising presence of global, regional and local industry players at DISCOP Abidjan coincides with the growing need for multi-platform entertainment content on the Continent.
Multinational satellite operator Eutelsat Communications anticipates that the number of digital homes in Africa will reach 75 million by 2021 assuming a smooth rollout of the digital transition.
Conglomerates such as Vivendi, Star Times/Star Sat, BBC Worldwide, MultiChoice, Econet Media, Lagardere Entertainment and Groupe M6, are among the media companies stepping up their presence in Sub-Saharan Africa.