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PwC, UNDP sign MoU on strategic technology initiatives



PwC, UNDP sign MoU on strategic technology initiatives

By Olawunmi Ashafa

Price Water House Coopers (PwC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote a technology-based approach to transforming the socio-economic landscape of the country.

Mr. Uyi Akpata, Regional Lead Partner, PwC, in his remarks at the signing of the MoU between PwC and UNDP on Wednesday in Lagos, said it was a step towards realizing the common objectives of the two institutions.

Akpata said that based on the MoU, PwC and UNDP would collaborate on several strategic initiatives that would include facilitating the transfer of skills, knowledge and skills enabling a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation.

He said it would also help catalyze policy dialogues that link and connect the private and public sectors with the start-up ecosystem.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that PwC launched Experience Center in 2019 to accelerate the ability to deliver digitally-centric services to its clients, through a combination of business understanding, human insight and the power of emerging technologies.

Akpata noted that the PwC Experience Center was created to foster innovation that creates products and services that delight its customers and make a difference in society.

“In addition, this strategic collaboration with UNDP is in line with our renewed global strategy, The New Equation.

“At PwC Africa, we have six focus areas based on this renewed strategy. I am delighted to note that these focus areas directly relate to the achievement of the SDGs.

“More importantly, one of the areas of intervention is partnership, to achieve international development goals.

“UNDP is arguably the best partner in this regard. Thus, the signing of this memorandum of understanding is a giant leap in addition to the new equation, ”he said.

Speaking in more detail on the experience center, Mr. Femi Osunubi, Partner, PwC, described the center as “the hotbed of disruptive innovation and emerging technologies” because it is a specially designed space, equipped with interactive digital spaces and a demonstration laboratory.

According to him, it hosts a cross-functional team of experts who work collaboratively, bringing together the best of consulting focused on business, technology and experience.

“We co-create with our customers, solve relevant problems and build great products. Our mission is to help organizations answer the questions that matter most to them.

“We have a team of creative and analytical thinkers who learn from research and interactive workshop sessions, and execute non-traditional counseling experiences for our clients.

“We are delighted to be working with UNDP to solve important Africa’s problems and boost the continent’s development through creative thinking and technology-based approaches.

Additionally, Dr William Tsuma, Senior Advisor, Program Manager, UNDP, said the collaboration aimed to secure innovative solutions to some of the complex development challenges facing the country, using new technology and data.

According to him, this will help find a way to spot Nigerian entrepreneurs and youth to be part of the country’s larger development agenda.

“Working with the experience of PwC is a commitment of both, as part of the transformation of the socio-economic landscape of the country. Thus, the signing of the agreement today demonstrates the commitment between the two organizations. “

Tsuma also said the center will help find the right solutions to the increasingly complex challenges in the country.

“We all need digital solutions, we need technology. We have to find a new way to get data. We need new ways of dealing with issues that are becoming complex, be it agriculture, climate change, instability, corporate governance, among others.

“At UNDP, we are the development agency of the United Nations system. PwC Experience, on the other hand, has experience in providing professional services to clients. The experience center is a hub, a frontier of new opportunities, ”he said.

Source: NAN

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