Orange, the French telecommunication giant recently partnered with GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and the Ethiopian government to kickstart the Addis Ababa Orange Digital Centre dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation.
The telco giant partnered with the German development corporation and Ethiopia ministry of Innovation technology, the Industrial Parks Development Corporation, and the Ethiopian Investment Commission to roll out their resources. A media release by Orange confirmed the launch in Senegal and Tunisia, Ethiopia will host the third digital center covering the Middle East and Africa regions.
The new facility will occupy 500 meters squared and stand out as the first across East Africa to run a strategic network that allows experience and expertise to be shared between countries offering simple yet inclusive solutions to youth employability. This encourages innovative entrepreneurship that promotes the local digital economy. All programs will run free of charge while offering young people digital training which covers practical training, start-up acceleration, and guidance on projects.
Orange Digital Centres bring together several strategies namely; FabLab Solidaire coding school, Orange Fab startup accelerator, and Orange Ventures Africa (Investment fund).
Orange and GIZ will implement the develoPPP.de supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, as a special initiative on Training and Job Creation.
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