Orange (www.Orange.com) and the German Development Cooperation today inaugurate an “Orange Digital Center” in Monrovia, a digital ecosystem entirely dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation, attended by the highest political and administrative authorities from Liberia.
, Representatives of Germany in Liberia, members of the board of directors of Orange Liberia and Representatives of Orange Middle East and Africa.
With an area of 715 m2, it brings together four strategic programs of the Orange group, namely; a coding school, a solidarity FabLab, one of the Orange Foundation’s digital fabrication workshops, and an Orange Fab start-up accelerator, supported by Orange Ventures Africa, the investment fund.
All programs are provided free of charge and are open to everyone.
They range from digital training for young people, 90% of which are internships, guidance to project owners, acceleration of start-up and investment in them.
Working as a network, the Orange Digital Centers allow the sharing of experiences and knowledge between countries and offer a simple and inclusive approach to improve the employability of young people, encourage innovative entrepreneurship and promote the local digital ecosystem.
Officially opened today, the Digital Orange Center in Liberia has been operational since January 2022 and has already hosted several training sessions and digital events.
In addition, Orange Liberia, in association with some universities, will establish Orange Digital Center Clubs, extensions of the coding school within the universities of the regions.
Therefore, it will complement the educational system to give as many people as possible access to new technologies and support them in the use of these technologies to their fullest extent.
Orange and the German Development Cooperation are working together as part of a development partnership within the develoPPP program, which the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The objective is to fulfill their shared vision, promoting the employability of young people while supporting the sustainable growth and digital transformation of the country.
The program is also working to promote gender equality and inclusion by promoting women’s and girls’ access to ICT jobs.
Through digital technology, this program focuses on the following sustainable development goals in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: (SDG 4) quality education, (SDG 5) gender equality, ( SDG 8) decent work and economic growth, (SDG 9) industry, innovation and infrastructure, (SDG 10) reduction of inequalities and (SDG 17) alliances for objectives.
Brelotte Ba, Deputy General Manager of Orange Middle East and Africa, says: “I am very proud to inaugurate today the 11th Orange Digital Center in Liberia, which is part of a network of 32 Orange Digital Centers that will be deployed not only in Africa and the Middle East, but also in Europe.
The goal is to democratize access to digital technology for young people – with or without qualifications – by giving them access to the latest technological skills to strengthen their employability and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow”.
Ambassador Dr. Jakob Haselhuber, German Ambassador to Liberia, says: “I am delighted to see that our cooperation with Orange contributes to realizing the vision of a digital, innovative and resilient future for Liberia and its people.
Our goal is to empower every person to seize the opportunities of digitization and work hard to bridge the digital divide.
Therefore, I am glad that our cooperation with Orange has this end.” Elizabeth Tchoungui, Executive Director of CSR, Diversity and Philanthropy of Orange, Vice President of the Orange Foundation, adds: “This great project is a key step in our social responsibility for digital inclusion, especially for young people and women.
The solidarity Fablab, a key program of the Orange Foundation, is an essential component of this socially useful action, by allowing beneficiaries without access to digital tools to reconnect with the professional world: the beginning of a beautiful journey that, through the development of technical skills and, through the complementarity of the implemented systems, it reaches the creation of businesses”.
As a partner in digital transformation, we are a major player in the country’s socioeconomic development through innovative ecosystems and specific schemes for entrepreneurship development With the Orange Digital Centers Club set up soon in the universities of the regions, we will bring all the skills necessary so that as many people as possible have access to new technologies and support to use them to their fullest extent”.