DOUALA, Cameroon, October 15, 2021 / Groupe APO / –
Today, Orange (www.Orange.com) and the German Development Cooperation are inaugurating an “Orange Digital Center” in Douala, an ecosystem entirely dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation, in the presence of the highest authorities policies and administration of Cameroon. , representatives of Germany and France in Cameroon, GIZ and members of the board of directors and the executive committee of the Orange group led by its Chairman and CEO Stéphane Richard.
After Tunisia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire, it is in Cameroon, in Douala, that the first Orange Digital Center in Central Africa is inaugurated. Spread over 600 m², the Orange Digital Center brings together the four strategic programs of the Orange group, namely: a coding school, a FabLab Solidaire – one of the digital manufacturing workshops of the Orange Foundation -, a start-up accelerator. up Orange Fab and Orange Ventures Africa, the investment fund of the Orange group. All the programs offered are free and open to everyone. They range from digital training for young people, 90% of which are practical, the acceleration of start-ups, support for project leaders and investment.
Working in a network, the Orange Digital Centers allow the sharing of experiences and expertise 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. In addition, an agreement links Orange Cameroon to the Ministry of Higher Education for the digital transformation of 8 public universities. An Orange Digital Center Club will be installed in each university in the region, thus completing the system to give as many people as possible access to new technologies and support to make full use of them.
Orange and the German Development Cooperation through GIZ work together within the framework of a development partnership within the develoPPP program, which GIZ implements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ ). The aim is to realize their shared vision: fostering the employability of young people – and access to ICT jobs for women and girls – while supporting sustainable growth and the country’s digital transformation.
Because digital technology must offer opportunities to all, this initiative fully embodies our commitment as a responsible operator and meets the following six sustainable development objectives: (4) quality education, (5) gender equality, ( 8) decent work and economic growth, (9) industry, innovation and infrastructure, (10) reducing inequalities and (17) partnerships for goals.
To date, eight Orange Digital Centers have already opened in the region: Tunisia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Morocco and Mali. This means that more inaugurations are still to come in 2021 and 2022.
Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange, declares: “Orange acts as a responsible company in all of its activities. This sense of responsibility is a central value that has been placed at the heart of the Group’s strategic plan, Engage 2025. To promote digital services as a vector of inclusion and make them accessible to as many people as possible, we would like to open an Orange Digital Center in all the countries where we are present by 2025. This ambition clearly demonstrates our desire to harness the positive force of digital innovation.
Alioune Ndiaye, Chairman and CEO of Orange Africa and the Middle East, declares: “I am very proud to inaugurate today the sixth Orange Digital Center in Africa in Cameroon, which is part of the network of 32 Orange Digital Centers which will be deployed in all the countries in which we are present in Africa and the Middle East, but also in Europe. The main objective is to democratize access to digital technology for young people – graduates or not – by giving them access to the latest technological trends to strengthen their employability and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.
Dr. Corinna Fricke, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Cameroon notes: “This initiative contributes to the digital transformation of Cameroon while creating local employment opportunities for young people. Germany is proud to be able to support such a forward-looking project.
Elizabeth Tchoungui, Executive Director CSR, Diversity and Sponsorship of Orange, Vice-President of the Orange Foundation adds: “This major project is a key step in our social responsibility for digital inclusion, especially for young people and women. The FabLab Solidaire, flagship program of the Orange Foundation, is an essential building block of this socially useful action, by allowing beneficiaries without access to digital tools to reconnect with the professional world: the start of a great journey which, through development of technical skills and by the complementarity of the devices deployed, goes as far as the creation of companies. “
Patrick Benon, CEO of Orange Cameroon adds: “Orange Cameroon’s commitment to digital transformation is a reality. As a partner in digital transformation, we are a major player in the socio-economic development of the country through innovative ecosystems and specific devices to develop entrepreneurship. Thus, the Orange Digital Center brings together all the necessary skills in a single place to materialize Orange’s commitment to digital inclusion. 4 Orange Digital Centers Club will be installed in the universities of the Yaoundé 2, Buéa, Nagaoundéré and Dschang region, thus completing the system to give as many people as possible access to new technologies and support to make full use of them.
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