Thursday, February 04, 2010

Technology to propel Africa

The World Bank and Microsoft have signed a new agreement that seeks to promote development in Africa. The Memorandum of Understanding signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, aims to reinforce development, both social and economic, by means of advancing information and communication technology (ICT).

World Bank Vice President for Africa, Obiageli Ezekwesili enthuses that with this agreement, they look to “explore the transformational power of ICT to create new economic opportunities in the region”. Another significant component of the agreement includes supporting disaster relief solutions through technology.

This is not the first time the World Bank and Microsoft have teamed up. The two institutions have worked together in an advisory role in support of the encouraging development of the Rwandan government’s ICT policy.

- Sofia Nazalya

Source: The Ethiopian Review