Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 64 - Page 42

COUNTRY FOCUS : MOROCCO
The recently launched tenth Orange Digital Centre in Africa and the Middle East aims to train young people in digital technology , support innovative entrepreneurship and enhance their employability in a highly competitive IT landscape .

Orange inaugurates tenth Or Centre in Morocco

Panoramic view of Casablanca skyline , Morocco

To support the development of new technologies in the Kingdom of Morocco and make digital more accessible to all , Orange Maroc and the German Cooperation have inaugurated in Rabat , the first Orange Digital Centre ( ODC ). The new Orange Digital Centre is a digital ecosystem entirely dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation .

The Orange Digital Centre was officially inaugurated by Hendrik Kasteel , CEO of Orange Morocco and Alioune Ndiaye , Chairman and CEO , Orange Middle East and Africa , in presence of Chakib Benmoussa , Minister of National Education , of Preschool and Sports , Othman Benjelloun , Chairman of MEDI TELECOM , Abdellatif Zaghnoun , CEO , CDG , Director of MEDI TELECOM , Elizabeth Tchoungui , Executive Director of CSR , Diversity and Philanthropy at Orange , Deputy Chair of the Orange Foundation , members of the COMEX of Orange Maroc , the German cooperation , as well as official representatives .
The Orange Digital Centre is an innovative concept which 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 , supported by Orange Ventures Africa , the investment fund .
All of the programmes are provided free-of charge and open to everyone . They range from digital training for young people , 90 % of which are practical , start-up acceleration , and guidance for project bearers and investment .
42 INTELLIGENTCIO AFRICA www . intelligentcio . com