Africa has become a hub for innovation and digital communications. Access to ICT has increased dramatically over the last decade.
Microsoft corporation and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of pan-African banking group Ecobank has signed a memorandum of understanding to complement African
governments’ efforts to modernise and raise the standards of the continent’s major cities through state of the art digital solutions.
The MOU will see the modernisation of sectors that will have the most immediate and significant impact for African countries. It also supports the implementation of a comprehensive e-skills and a digital literacy programme in the African countries.
The collaboration ensued from increasing pressure on African cities due to urbanisation and the need to provide services that will ensure a healthier and safer environment, delivered in a fair, open and sustainable manner.
“At Microsoft, our aim is to help societies digitally transform, from the single consumer to entire government departments,” said Amr Kamel, General Manager, Microsoft. “Any nation properly supported by technology can transform into an intelligent ecosystem, capable of engaging with its citizens, empowering employees and optimizing operations to vastly improve lives.”
While significant improvements have been made in access to ICT across the continent, there are still significant access gaps, and much more can be used to harness the power of ICTs to reach Africa’s development goals.