His Excellency Professor Afework Kassu, state minister of MoSHE conducted constructive discussion with Delegates of Orange Digital Center, led by Asma Ennaifer, Director of Innovation program on 16 September 2019.
The Director stated that Orange is working on promoting digital innovation serving socio-economic development through a corporate social responsibility strategy in line with governments’ vision. The goals, according to the Director, are to train young people and support innovative startups, strengthen entrepreneurial capabilities of young graduates and reduce youth unemployment. To achieve these goals, several programs have been launched targeting education and digital culture for children, employability and social entrepreneurship for the young and support girls to find jobs in ICT sector.
Professor Afework on his part stated that the arrival of the delegates is timely since the MoSHE via its 45 public Universities and the over 60 Polytechnique Colleges is widely working on Digital Literacy Trainings to Public and Private Sectors, and Coding Trainings for selected High School Students. Moreover, the state minister affirmed that MoSHE is very much interested to collaborate with Orange Digital Center and to provide the necessary support on areas of mutual interest.
Orange is a French multinational telecommunications corporation and one of the largest operators of mobile and internet services in Europe and Africa. The delegation will represent Orange Digital Center, which understands itself as a support environment for the startups ecosystem that covers a wide panel of activities ranging from youth training to coding, to supporting, incubating and accelerating startups and to investing in these.