The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) through the COMESA Business Council (CBC) and Microsoft have formed a collaboration, this collaboration will take a step towards strengthening their working alliance, and they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
This memorandum sets out how these two organizations will collaborate in the areas of access to technology, development of relevant skills and the fostering of innovation in COMESA’s 19 member states. Microsoft has an initiative called Microsoft 4Afrika, which is a three core focus area (World-class skills, Access and Innovation), and this initiative is in line with this project.
This MoU is set to promote access to technology to COMESA Member States based on a trusted Cloud Infrastructure that focuses on the secure deployment of modern IT operations. This collaboration is also expected to accelerate and promote the adoption of innovative high-speed low-cost connectivity initiatives, and this includes new policy approaches to spectrum management such as dynamic spectrum access. This initiative is also envisioned to encourage the use of cloud technologies through the adoption of important enabling policies in the areas of cyber-security, data privacy and data protection.
COMESA’s Secretary General, during the signing of the memorandum said, “Business Technology has revolutionalized the way which countries and firms conduct business. We are in an age where the planning processes of organizations is through instruments and solutions that promote quality management, and respond to age-old constraints of time limitations and high costs of operations”.
Associate General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs Microsoft, Middle East and Africa, Antony Cook said, “Through Microsoft’s 4Afrika’s initiative, we have been working to increase regional trade and the growth of the knowledge economy in Africa”. Cook added that , “ through influential partnerships , such as the one with COMESA, we aim to scale across the region further to impact not just thousands, but millions”.
This collaboration will surely improve much in Africa and we embrace such channels.