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February 12, 2013

ICT: Microsoft Supports the Potential of Africa

Microsoft wants to support the development of Information Technology and Communication (ICT) across Africa.

It is in this context that the multinational has launched on 5 February, Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative. This program should, by 2016, allowing the distribution of tens of millions of devices to young Africans, to give them better access to ICT and thus contribute to economic development of the continent. In addition, 1 million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa will be posted, 100,000 workers and many graduates of the black continent will get training from Microsoft, so that 75% of them find a job.

Although to date no project is planned initiative 4Afrika Mauritius, Microsoft says that the country will also benefit from this program, which will last several years. In addition, the firm notes that Microsoft support various projects already in Mauritius SMEs, students and business in general. It is for example BizSpark allows access to lower cost tools Microsoft start-up, training for teachers and a partnership with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) for training in ICT and the computerization of local SMEs.

Microsoft does not 4Afrika up the initiative without expecting a return on investment. In fact, the company hopes to be more present on the black continent whose economic development is the envy of many industrialized countries. "The world has recognized the potential of Africa and Microsoft wants to invest in potential. Our goal is to enable young entrepreneurs, developers, entrepreneurs, and leaders of civil society to realize their best ideas to help their community, country, continent, and even beyond.

Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative is based on a dual credo: the technology has the potential to change Africa and it has the potential to change the technology to the world, "said Fernando de Sousa, CEO of Microsoft Initiative 4Afrika.

 

Text by Patrice Donzelot, Defi Media
 

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