Ethiopia Signs Collaboration Agreement With The Internet Society To Advance A Digital Economy


June 10, 2021, 12:04 p.m.

Today, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MINT) of Ethiopia and the Internet Society have announced a collaboration agreement that will help advance the digital economy and drive economic transformation.

The collaboration agreement follows after the country launched its digital transformation strategy last year. The aim was to leverage digital technologies to foster development and growth for every citizen.

The collaboration, therefore, will support the implementation of last year’s strategy to help the country develop digital services to advance critical sectors that drive economic growth, such as agriculture, manufacturing, services, and tourism.

The partnership is also in line with the Internet Society’s efforts to promote the development and use of the Internet as a resource to enrich people’s lives.

The agreement will help to expand connectivity to rural areas, build Internet infrastructure, and strengthen Internet governance.

Commenting on the agreement State Minister for Innovation and Technology, His Excellency Dr Ahmedin Mohammed, said, “The Ethiopian Government has set the Digital Transformation of the national economy as one of its strategic priorities.

For the realisation of this, the government introduced the first-ever Digital transformation strategy, a visionary umbrella strategy from which sectors and institutions can then design or align their efforts.”

“The Digital 2025 strategy has a goal to see digital transformation playing a key role for inclusive prosperity; innovating and applying the culture, practices, processes and technologies of the digital era to respond to citizens raised expectations.”

He added, “This strategy shall be realised through collaboration and commitment of everyone including government, non-governmental, development partners and societies.

The strategy demands aggressive commitment to increase infrastructure, enabling systems, digital applications, and enabling ecosystem.”

“This collaboration comes when Ethiopia is liberalising its telecommunications sector, which is in line with the increasing the infrastructure.

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