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As Africa's internet connectivity surges, data hosting emerges as a critical battleground. While major tech companies invest heavily in the continent's infrastructure, concerns around digital sovereignty rise, prompting some nations to seek greater control over their data landscape.

Moroccan cloud provider Atlas Cloud Services and Indian IT giant HCLSoftware signed a partnership on Thursday, aiming to support businesses' digital transformation and strengthen the country's digital sovereignty, Morocco's MAP news agency reported.

The collaboration focuses on delivering high-performance cloud services tailored to local needs. A key initiative is establishing a localized messaging platform, ensuring data security and control for sensitive information. This platform offers flexible capacity and performance, catering specifically to business requirements.

Furthermore, the partnership encompasses secure instant messaging solutions for internal and external communication, facilitating collaboration and boosting employee productivity. A video conferencing tool is also included, enabling seamless communication and remote working. Additionally, a dedicated data storage and sharing space allows businesses to store and access data securely from any location and device.

Beyond commercial initiatives, the partnership extends to deploying a university research system and promoting scientific research and training, fostering innovation and talent development.

This collaborative effort aligns with Morocco's goal of bolstering its digital sovereignty. The country boasts dedicated infrastructure, including the African Supercomputing Center at UM6P, which opened in March 2021, one of Africa's most powerful computing facilities. In July 2023, Morocco implemented a ban on storing sensitive data outside the country.

Samira Njoya

Posted On lundi, 19 février 2024 14:32 Written by

The Egyptian government's recent surge in investments in the digital sector reflects its recognition of technology's potential to drive economic growth and exports. This increased focus on digitalization aims to bolster Egypt's capabilities in outsourcing, a key pillar in the country's aspirations to become a regional technology hub.

Egypt's Information Technology Industry Development Authority (ITIDA) and UAE-based Mashreq Global Network inked a cooperation agreement today at the World Government Summit, aiming to create 300 digital banking jobs for Egyptian professionals over three years.

This partnership goes beyond job creation, enabling Mashreq to expand its Egyptian operations in data analysis, business intelligence, and internal auditing. These services will be exported from Egypt to Mashreq Bank clients in the UAE, bolstering Egypt's digital export ambitions.

According to Egypt’s Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Amr Talaat, the agreement reflects the attractiveness of Egypt's ICT sector, which has become a target for international companies seeking expansion.

The deal aligns with Egypt's 2022-2026 Digital Strategy for the Development of the Outsourcing Industry, which aims to double digital exports and create 34,000 export-oriented jobs by 2025.

Egypt's investments in the digital services export sector yielded $6.2 billion in 2023, a 26.5% increase from the previous year. The country eyes reaching nearly $9 billion by 2026.

Samira Njoya

Posted On vendredi, 16 février 2024 15:43 Written by

Like many sub-Saharan nations, Lesotho grapples with digital education challenges. However, the government aims to leverage assistance from more advanced countries to significantly improve the situation in the coming years.

Lesotho's Education Minister Ntoi Rapapa signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to boost digital education, aiming to establish "digital schools" in the African nation.

This collaboration concluded at the World Government Summit in Dubai, reflects the commitment of both countries to equip communities for the digital age. Under the agreement, the UAE's "Digital School" program, launched in 2020 by Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will be extended to Lesotho.

This program promotes continuous innovation in education through game-based modules and AI-driven adaptive learning. The initiative is crucial for Lesotho, where only 5% of primary schools currently possess digital education equipment, according to government data.

Rapapa also highlighted efforts to digitize other sectors in Lesotho, including government administration. Currently, only three of the 18 ministries utilize e-governance practices. The plan aims to digitize all ministries within the next 2-5 years.

Samira Njoya

Posted On jeudi, 15 février 2024 17:16 Written by

Togo's push towards digitalization has gained momentum following the creation of Agence Togo Digital, a government agency overseeing digital projects. To accelerate progress, the country is actively seeking partnerships.

Togo and Kazakhstan have expanded their bilateral collaboration in information and communication technologies (ICT) through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed at the Digital Almaty Forum.

Signed by Togo's Digital Economy Minister Cina Lawson and Kazakhstan's Digital Development Minister Bagdat Mussin, the MoU focuses on supporting the "Togo Digital 2025" strategy, particularly digitizing administration and citizen services.

This cooperation aligns with a broader rapprochement between the two countries, following President Faure Gnassingbé's visit to Astana in November 2023 and the upcoming prospecting mission by a Kazakh delegation to Togo this week.

Under the MoU, Kazakhstan will assist Togo in implementing its digital agenda, drawing on its own e-governance experience. Kazakhstan launched its portal in 2006, offering over 200 automated services, and ranks 28th globally in the UN's e-Government Development Index (EGDI).

Similarly, Togo launched its national public services portal in 2022, including services like passport applications and building permits. This partnership aims to accelerate digitization in Togo, leveraging Kazakhstan's expertise.

Samira Njoya

Posted On jeudi, 15 février 2024 14:44 Written by

Sub-Saharan Africa is poised to see the fastest growth in demand for digital skills globally, according to the International Finance Corporation (IFC). This poses a significant challenge in preparing young people for these emerging opportunities.

Madagascar and the United Arab Emirates partnered on Tuesday to train over a million young Malagasy people in new technologies through the "Digital School" and "Coders Initiative" projects. The initiative, announced at the World Government Summit in Dubai, aims to equip youth with in-demand digital skills to improve their employability and contribute to Madagascar's economic development.

The future lies in preparing our future generations to face challenges with innovative technological weapons that will forge their world of tomorrow. The hopes of an entire generation lie in our hands, the leaders of today. We must assist them towards a better future,” President Andry Rajoelina (photo) stated.

Digital School, already established in eight countries, will provide flexible learning opportunities through digital training centers in Madagascar. These centers will utilize advanced technologies like artificial intelligence to complement the national curriculum and develop students' skills in areas like coding and data analysis. The "Coders Initiative" will likely focus on more intensive training programs for specific IT professions.

With over 1.5 million instructors trained and 60,000 students enrolled globally, Digital School has a proven track record of success. Its expansion into Madagascar, coupled with the "Coders Initiative", has the potential to significantly improve the digital literacy and employability of young Malagasy people.

Samira Njoya

Posted On mercredi, 14 février 2024 13:05 Written by

The Angolan government is launching a series of digital projects to streamline access to public services and meet citizens' demands for electronic solutions. However, the success of these initiatives may hinge on improving the country's internet infrastructure.

The implementation of Angola's ambitious Digital Acceleration Program (PADA) is encountering challenges, with limited internet access across the country emerging as a major hurdle.

During a public consultation session on PADA, Meick Afonso (photo), Director General of the Institute of Administrative Modernization (IMA), highlighted the issue to stakeholders, stating that for the transformation to be successful, it is essential that every citizen is connected.

PADA, a $300 million initiative funded by the World Bank, aims to drive digital inclusion, expand access to public services, and stimulate the digital economy. Ultimately, it seeks to transform Angola into a fully digitized society, streamlining access to administrative documents.

However, achieving this vision hinges on a reliable internet infrastructure. While recent developments such as Angola's connection to Meta's 2Africa fiber optic cable and a $249 million loan for a national broadband project bode well, current penetration remains low.

Statistics from the Angolan Institute of Communications (INACOM) indicate 10.08 million internet users in the country. However, a December 2023 report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) ranks Angola 24th in Africa for ICT development, with a score of only 44.1 out of 100.

Samira Njoya

Posted On mardi, 13 février 2024 20:09 Written by

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital education in schools, highlighting the need for integrating modern technologies and teaching methods to prepare students for an increasingly digital world. This shift aims to equip future generations with the skills and knowledge to navigate the evolving challenges and opportunities of our digital society.

Swiss building materials giant LafargeHolcim unveiled its "Connected Classrooms" initiative on Friday, February 9, aiming to address the challenge of school dropout in Morocco.

The three-year program, launched in early 2023, targets schools near LafargeHolcim's sites across the country, initially providing 26 schools and 13,000 students with high-quality IT equipment. This includes desktop and laptop computers, interactive whiteboards, printers, projectors, and Wi-Fi connections.

"We are [...] invested in various projects to support education and children in communities near our sites, with a particular focus on preventing school dropout," said Zineb Bennouna, Communications and CSR Director at LafargeHolcim Morocco, in a press release.

The initiative promotes community-based education and provides access to online educational resources. This aligns with the government's efforts to digitize educational services and improve the quality of the system.

LafargeHolcim describes the program as part of its broader "N'Bniouw l'7ayat" social responsibility program, which aims to create an inclusive learning environment and reduce school dropout within local communities.

Samira Njoya

Posted On mardi, 13 février 2024 14:29 Written by

Following global trends, Congo has initiated the digitization of driving licenses, aiming to address longstanding issues plaguing its road sector. This effort seeks to improve efficiency, transparency, and security within the system, ultimately contributing to safer roads and better transport management.

Congo is launching new, highly secure biometric driving licenses as part of a broader digital transformation push, officials announced Thursday.

Presented by Land Transport Director General Mopaya Atali (photo, left) on February 8th, the license aims to standardize identification and combat security issues plaguing the sector. 

Initially planned for 2023, the initiative also tackles inadequate driver training and aims to decrease road accidents. It aligns with the government's Digital Transformation Acceleration Program (PATN) and follows the June deployment of a biometric vehicle license plate system.

These reforms address long-standing challenges in the road transport sector, including insecure data management and a lack of reliable electronic archiving. The new licenses aim to enhance security, simplify administrative processes, improve road safety, and integrate with other digital services.

Samira Njoya

Posted On samedi, 10 février 2024 03:40 Written by

Since his appointment as Vice-President, Mahamudu Bawumia has helped position Ghana on the international technological and digital scene. He aspires to even greater achievements in this field, should he become President of the Republic.

Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia (photo), nominated as presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), unveiled an ambitious digital program on Wednesday. Bawumia, seeking to leverage his tech-focused image, outlined a vision for a "digital Ghana" that applies technology across key economic sectors.

The program's core includes training one million digital talents over five years, with a focus on software skills. This aims to meet the growing domestic and global demand for tech professionals. Additionally, education reforms prioritize STEM fields, robotics, AI, and vocational training to prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Bawumia also pledged to abolish the 1.5% electronic transaction tax, dubbed the "E-levy," to promote a cashless economy and encourage digital payments. Infrastructure development is another key component, aiming to reduce internet costs and bridge the digital divide. The program targets a 100% internet penetration rate, compared to the current 72%. 

The presidential candidate’s vision encompasses digitizing all sectors, from agriculture and healthcare to education, manufacturing, and finance. This aims to create jobs for young people and position Ghana as a regional digital hub.

Samira Njoya

Posted On jeudi, 08 février 2024 17:43 Written by

Morocco is aiming to solidify its position as a leading player in the global economy by harnessing the digital revolution. However, achieving this vision requires a well-defined strategic roadmap to address digital challenges and seize emerging opportunities.

The Moroccan government is in the final stages of formulating its digital transformation strategy, “Maroc digital 2030”, as revealed by Ghita Mezzour, Minister Delegate in charge of Digital Transition and Administrative Reform, at the inaugural meeting of the National Committee for Digital Development on Wednesday.

According to Mezzour, the strategy is anchored in two key pillars: the digitization of public services and the cultivation of a vibrant digital economy centered on local innovation and job creation. The plan encompasses bolstering the offshoring sector, fostering a conducive ecosystem for startups and SMEs, and supporting the digital transformation of small and medium-sized businesses.

As part of the strategy, the government aims to generate 300,000 jobs in the digital sector by 2030, potentially contributing up to 170 billion dirhams ($16.9 billion) to the national GDP. Plans are also in place to extend Internet and telephone coverage, particularly in rural areas, with a focus on the deployment of fiber optics and the medium-term adoption of 5G technology.

The meeting also highlighted the importance of artificial intelligence as part of Maroc Digital 2030, emphasizing its potential to improve public services and position the country as a leader in AI development.

Samira Njoya

Posted On jeudi, 08 février 2024 14:36 Written by
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