SAP Africa and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have partnered to use new technologies and innovative solutions to determine the future for Africa.
Titled “Digital Africa”, the partnership sees digitisation as pivotal to development and growth and BMZ is joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Africa’s digital potential. The strategic partnership also intends to concentrate on German core competencies in the ICT sector.
“Digitization offers huge potential for making headway on Africa’s sustainable development, which can benefit all sides – including German and European enterprises. This is why today we are launching our new Strategic Partnership for a Digital Africa,” said German State Secretary, Friedrich Kitschelt, on the occasion of the BMZ Africa-Day in Berlin on 11 May.
The private sector in Africa faces numerous challenges and for German businesses – especially small and medium-sized enterprises – many African countries are largely uncharted territory. For this reason, SAP is particularly pleased to be a strategic partner to BMZ.
The partnership will support and underpin private investment and responsible business in the ICT sector through development cooperation measures. This will enable the sustainable management of economic results and deliver positive economic, social and environmental benefits for the African population.
According to Günter Nooke, Personal Representative of the German Chancellor for Africa in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Strategic Partnership for a Digital Africa can deliver on both accounts. To achieve this, the strategic partnership has to be sustainable and well prepared.
“The global expertise and market success of German and European IT (and IT-related) companies will play a central role in this process. We are now calling on the private sector to follow the example of SAP to join the ongoing planning process of the Strategic Partnership for a Digital Africa and to support its successful execution.”
The project aims to empower governments across the continent to deal with unemployment, ubarn population, help the govts leverage the multiple natural resources and stimulate the economy through exports, provide quality education, improve the delivery of public goods and services and democracy and help them fight terrorism.
In response to these significant topics, key to SAP Africa’s engagement model on the continent, and to ensure that investment of up to$500-million over a seven year period is effective, is the enablement of government transformation and modernisation across the continent.
“With the goal of enabling the continent to develop to its full potential through innovative technology solutions based on collaborative partnerships, SAP Africa is focusing on the following tenets: partnering with countries across the continent to enable transparent and citizen-oriented government, helping enable equitable quality education for all along with our customers and the far-reaching African partner ecosystem,” commented Pfungwa Serima, SAP Africa CEO. “We are committed to empowering African governments for success and to this exciting initiative with the BMZ and we look forward to exploring ways in which to realise our mutual vision.”