Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 60 - Page 14

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Cassava Technologies and Mitsui sign a MoU to accelerate Digital Transformation in Africa

Mitsui will assist Cassava Technologies by providing access to its global network , advanced technologies and helping to identify potential sources of financing to support future growth and investment . The parties will collaborate in the development of digital infrastructure across Africa with a particular focus on data centres .
Hardy Pemhiwa , President and CEO , Cassava Technologies , said : “ This MOU accelerates our shared objectives to foster Digital Transformation across the African continent .

Cassava Technologies , Africa ’ s first integrated tech company of continental scale , has announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding ( MoU ) with Mitsui and Co Ltd , one of Japan ’ s largest global conglomerates . Cassava Technologies and Mitsui share a common vision of facilitating Digital Transformation across Africa . The partnership will bring together the technology , expertise and networks of both organisations to accelerate that vision .

Mitsui has extensive global experience developing , investing in and operating businesses in the digital , infrastructure and energy sectors , and through this partnership , will further expand its business activities in Africa .
The partnership with Mitsui allows Cassava Technologies to access Mitsui ’ s deep global experience in developing digital infrastructure . With Mitsui ’ s global network and experience , paired with our local market knowledge across Africa , we will work together to accelerate innovation and expand access to digital services for enterprises and consumers .”

Orange Egypt and German Development Cooperation inaugurate the seventh Orange Digital Centre in MEA

Orange and the German Development

Cooperation have inaugurated the seventh “ Orange Digital Centre ” ( ODC ) in the heart of Cairo , an ecosystem highly dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation to train young people in digital technology to enhance their employability .
The event was attended by representatives of Germany and France , GIZ Egypt as the implementing partner and members of the board , and Orange Group Executive Committee led by its Chairman and CEO , Stéphane Richard .
Following on from Tunisia , Senegal , Ethiopia , Mali , Côte d ’ ivoire and Cameroon , it is in Egypt , in Cairo that this new Orange Digital Centre is inaugurated .
The Orange Digital Centre in Egypt brings together four strategic programmes of the Orange Group , namely a Coding School , a solidarity FabLab – one of the Orange Foundation ’ s digital manufacturing workshops , an Orange Fab start-up accelerator and Orange Ventures , the investment fund . Moreover , for the launch of ODC in Egypt , a new Seed Challenge dedicated to the local FinTech start-up will reward two winners with 500,000 euros .
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