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News: Ethiopia gets first Orange Digital Center in Addis Abeba

Ethiopia will be home to the third orange digital center in Africa next to  Tunisia and Senegal

By Mahlet Fasil @mahletfasil

Addis Abeba, February 26/2021 – The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH  and Orange digital center established the first digital center in the horn of Africa that trains young people in digital technology and boosts their employability.

Orange digital center built the third ICT center in Africa and the Middle East region. Ethiopia will be home to the third orange digital center in Africa next to  Tunisia and Senegal. Occupying an area of 5000m2,  it is the first center in east Africa that will operate as a strategic network, allowing experiences and expertise to be shared between countries and offering a simple and inclusive approach to upgrade the skills of young people, encourage innovative entrepreneurship and to promote the local digital ecosystem.

Speaking on
the occasion, the Minister of Innovation and Technology, Abraham Belay (PhD)
said that building the digital and innovation ecosystem is a multi-
stakeholders agenda that requires holistic policy envisioning, vibrant enabling
systems and innovative and efficient collaboration among stakeholders. He
admired the involvement of Orange and all parties in the initiative. “I must
acknowledge and encourage, indeed it is an initiative worth investing in,” he
said.

Orange
brings several strategic programs under the same roof : a coding school, a
startup accelerator and it ventures Africa, the group’s investment fund. All
the services provided are free-of charge, 
open to all and include digital training for young people 90% of which
are practical training, start-up acceleration, guidance for project bearers and
investment.

 Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Digital Center
in the Middle East and Africa said “This program will be complemented by two
ODC clubs that will be deployed swiftly in different regions to reach out to
even more young people’ further promising that the company is planning to
launch other orange digital centers by the end of the year in Africa and
middle-east.

Sandokan
Debebe, CEO of industrial park development corporation on his part said “We are
excited about the launching of an orange digital center at the IPDC’s ICT
park.” adding,  “The skills that will be
developed here will be very crucial  to
support the IPDC’s goal of making ICT park as a central hub to Africa, place of
technological knowledge transfer an opportunity for IT base job creations and
base for country’s progress towards becoming the middle-income economy”

Orange is
one of the world’s leading telecommunications carriers with a turnover of 42
billion dollars in 2019 and had 143,000 employees as of 30 September 2020 of
which 83,000 are in France. The group has a total customer base of 256 million
customers worldwide as of 30 September 2020, including 212 million mobile
customers and 21 million fixed broadband customers. The group operates in 26
countries.

Orange is
also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to
multinational companies under the brand orange business service.

The partnership between GIZ and Orange encompasses 14 countries : Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Cameron Egypt, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Jordan, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Leone and  Tunisia. AS



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