GIZ, Orange, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, the Ethiopian Investment Commission and the Industrial Parks Development Corporation have launched the Addis Ababa Orange Digital Center to train youth in digital skills and employability.
The Ethiopia launch follows launches in Tunisia and Senegal. The Orange Digital Center occupies a space of 500m2 and aims to strengthen the employability of young people, encourage innovative entrepreneurship and to promote the local digital ecosystem.
According to Mr. Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Middle East & Africa, “I am very proud to launch with all our partners the third Orange Digital Center in Addis-Ababa, which will be part of a network of 32 Orange Digital Centers based across two continents: Africa/Middle East and Europe. With the support of GIZ, Orange supports East Africa’s digital ecosystem by providing young Ethiopians with all its technological know-how to create more job opportunities.”
The Orange Digital Centers will have a coding school, a “FabLab Solidaire”, a startup accelerator “Orange Fab” and Orange Ventures Africa, the Group’s investment fund. The programmes provided are free-of charge, open to all and include digital training for young people, 90% of which are practical training, start-up acceleration, guidance for project bearers and investment.
Orange and GIZ are working together in a development partnership of the develoPPP.de programme, which GIZ implements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project is supported by BMZ’s Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation, which also operates under the brand Invest for Jobs.
Together with the Ethiopian partners, the GIZ and Orange hope to achieve their shared vision of greater youth employability –- including more women and girls in ICT jobs –- while supporting the country’s sustainable growth and digital transformation.
The Orange Digital Center will help young Ethiopians to develop world-class technological skills to shape the future of Ethiopia.
“We are excited about the launching of an Orange Digital Center at the IPDC’s ICT park. We are working hard in order to create world class ICT industries in Ethiopia. We believe that the skills that will be developed here will be very precious to support the IPDC’s goal of making ICT park as a central hub to Africa, place of technological knowledge transfer, an opportunity for IT base job creations and a base for country’s progress towards becoming the middle-income economy.” Said H.E. Sandokan Debebe, CEO at Industrial Parks Development Corporation.
Orange is present in 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East and has 128 million customers at of 31 December 2020. With 5.8 billion euros of revenues in 2020. Its flagship mobile-based money transfer and financial services offer, Orange Money, is available in 17 countries and has more than 50 million customers.