Kigali/New York, Monday 19th September 2022 – The Smart Africa Secretariat and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have entered a collaboration that will support Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA)’s mission of promoting digital transformation across Africa through education and capacity development. The collaboration is aimed at enhancing digital skills of an initial target group of senior officials from ministries and regulatory authorities, in charge of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by availing of the Ericsson Educate program. The program is expected to later extend to the youth, students, and professionals, particularly educators.
With SADA being an initiative of the Smart Africa Alliance, an alliance spanning 32 African countries that aims to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development in Africa, the collaboration will have a far-reaching impact across the continent. It will equip the public administrations of each member state with the latest information to enhance their knowledge and competencies around emerging digital technologies which will support them in establishing impactful digital skill development roadmaps and strategies.
The Ericsson Educate program has especially been curated and customized to support the ongoing digital skills development of SADA’s target audience. With rich content on 21st-century technologies such as 5G networks, Internet of Things (IoT), Automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML), the Ericsson Educate program will provide in addition to the digital skills portal developed by Ericsson, various series of live online workshops led by technology experts from Ericsson. The objective of the Ericsson Educate program is to empower the continent’s policymakers to develop harmonized digital transformation frameworks that will ensure a prosperous future for Africa in the digital age.
Lacina Koné, the DG and CEO of Smart Africa commented: “We are committed to bridging digital skill gaps across Africa to ensure the inclusive digital development of the continent. We are confident that the Ericsson Educate program will support us in accelerating our mission and nurturing an ecosystem of ICT specialized training that will increase digital proficiency across our member states. Through the program, we look forward to empowering policy and decision-makers with adequate knowledge of the latest digital technologies to make informed decisions that propel the continent in the digital era.”
Erik Ekudden, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Head of Strategy at Ericsson says, “We strongly believe that mobile technologies have the potential to level the global playing field and contribute to the long-term and sustainable economic development of Africa. Collaborating with SADA to enhance the digital competencies of policy and decision makers in each member state, we aspire to empower the development of a well-planned ICT policy and regulatory environment that increases Africa’s competitiveness in the global economy.”
Ericsson has been a private sector member of the Smart Africa Alliance since 2016, actively contributing to key projects aimed at the digital development of the continent. Through this latest collaboration with SADA, Ericsson reaffirms its commitment to Africa’s digital inclusion and adoption to drive digital transformation and education across the continent.
|We have offered our comprehensive #EricssonEducate program to @SADASmartAfrica to enhance the digital skill competencies of ministries’ policymakers and regulators’ managers of its member states. Read more ▶ (link) #AfricaInMotion|
|We have offered our comprehensive #EricssonEducate program to @SADASmartAfrica to enhance the digital skill competencies of ministries’ policymakers and regulators’ managers, and of its member states. The Ericsson Educate program will provide public sector key decision makers in each member state with adequate knowledge of emerging digital technologies to develop impactful digital skill development roadmaps and strategies. Read more ▶ (link)#AfricaInMotion|
|We strongly believe that #ICT has the potential to level the global playing field and ensure the long-term and sustainable economic development of #Africa. Read how we are collaborating with the Smart Africa Digital Economy to drive the #digital skill competencies of ministries and regulatory authorities, in the continent through the Ericsson Educate program. The partnership is aimed at providing key public sector decision-makers in each Smart Africa member state with the latest knowledge of emerging digital technologies to develop impactful digital skill development frameworks and strategies that support a prosperous future for Africa in the digital age. ▶ (link)#AfricaInMotion|
About Smart Africa
Smart Africa is an alliance of 32 African countries, international organisations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs. With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by seven (7) African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 32 member countries, representing over 815 million people and over 40 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.
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