Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 64 - Page 44

Top : Above view of Casablanca city . The capital of Morocco
Bottom : Modern French built tram in the centre of Rabat
supporting sustainable growth and the country ’ s digital transformation . The programme is also working to advance gender equality and inclusion by promoting access for women and girls to ICT jobs .
Through digital technology , this programme focuses on sustainable development goals in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development : ( SDG 4 ) quality education , ( SDG 5 ) gender equality , ( SDG 8 ) decent work and economic growth , ( SDG 9 ) industry , innovation and infrastructure , ( SDG 10 ) reduced inequalities and ( SDG 17 ) partnerships for goals .
The initiative is more broadly in line with the Orange Group ’ s Engage 2025 strategic plan , which commits to rolling out an ODC by 2025 in each of the countries in which it operates . To date , 10 Orange Digital Centres have already opened in countries on the continent including Tunisia , Senegal , Ethiopia , Cameroon , Côte d ’ Ivoire , Jordan , Madagascar , Morocco , Mali and Egypt . More openings are scheduled by the end of the year , thw company stated .
Ndiaye said : “ I am very proud to inaugurate the tenth Orange Digital Centre today in Morocco , which is part of a network of 32 Orange Digital Centres that will be deployed not only , in Africa and the Middle East , but also in Europe . The objective is to democratise access to digital technology to young people – with or without qualifications – giving them access to the latest technological skills to strengthen their employability and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow .”
Tchoungui added : “ This great project is a key step in our societal responsibility for digital inclusion , especially for young people and women . The FabLab Solidaire , a key programme of the Orange Foundation , is an essential building block of this socially useful action , by allowing beneficiaries without access to digital tools to reconnect with the professional world : the beginning of a beautiful journey that , through the development of technical skills and through the complementarity of the systems deployed , goes up to the creation of businesses .”
According to Orange Morocco ’ s Kasteel : “ Our presence in Morocco demonstrates our commitment as a responsible digital leader and partner of the Kingdom in the Digital Transformation . The programmes we implement with the support of our partners help us achieve our objectives , which are to give young people the keys to improving their digital skills in order to support their employability and contribute to the entrepreneurial ecosystem . The Orange Digital Centre will welcome thousands of young Moroccan talents and allow them to develop their skills , projects or digital startups . This initiative will have a real impact in the society as a whole .”
Ellen Michel , Head of GIZ ’ s “ develoPPP for jobs ” programme , said : “ The future of Morocco is its youth – and digital is the future of the world . This initiative aims to strengthen young people ’ s access to the labour market as well as to entrepreneurship so that they can fully contribute to the development of their country . GIZ is proud to be able to support such a forward-looking project .”
Orange is present in 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East and has 135 million customers at 31 December 2021 . With 6.4 billion euros of revenues in 2021 , Orange MEA is the first growth area in the Orange group . Orange Money , its flagship mobilebased money transfer and financial services offer is available in 17 countries and has more than 60 million customers . Orange , multi-services operator , key partner of the digital transformation provides its expertise to support the development of new digital services in Africa and the Middle East . p
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