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GIZ and Orange today launched an Orange Digital Center in Ethiopia, the 3rd in the Africa and Middle East region, following Senegal and Tunisia, to train young people in digital technology and boost their employability.

Orange, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, the Ethiopian Investment Commission and the Industrial Parks Development Corporation are launching the Addis Ababa Orange Digital Center, an ecosystem that is entirely dedicated to digital skills and innovation.

Occupying a space of 500m2, it is the first center in East Africa that will operate as a strategic network, allowing experiences and expertise to be shared between countries and offering a simple and inclusive approach to strengthen the employability of young people, to encourage innovative entrepreneurship and to promote the local digital ecosystem.

The purpose of the Orange Digital Centre is to bring together several strategic programmes under under the same roof, a coding school, a “FabLab Solidaire” a startup accelerator “Orange Lab” and Orange Ventures Africa, the Group investment fund. All of the programmes provided are free of charge, open to all and include digital training for young people,, 90% of which are practical training, startup accelerations, guidance for project bears and investment.

“The Orange Digital Center contributes to Ethiopia's digital transformation while creating local employment prospects for young people. It shows Germany’s and the EU´s commitment to promote inclusive and human-centred digitization worldwide.” Said H.E Stephan Auer, German Ambassador in Ethiopia.     

                              

Orange and GIZ are working together in a development partnership on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project is supported by BMZ’s Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation, which also operates under the brand Invest for Jobs. Together with the Ethiopian partners, the GIZ and Orange hope to achieve their shared vision of greater youth employability –- including more women and girls in ICT jobs –- while supporting the country's sustainable growth and digital transformation.

“Ethiopia has a young, dynamic and trainable workforce, as well as supportive policies to enable the launching of a project such as Orange Digital Center. Young Ethiopians will have the opportunity to develop world-class technological skills here. Young people, innovation and technology are key to shaping the future of Ethiopia,” explained H.E Lelise Neme, Commissioner of the Ethiopian Investment Commission.

“I am very proud to launch with all our partners the third Orange Digital Center in Addis-Ababa, which will be part of a network of 32 Orange Digital Centers based across two continents: Africa/Middle East and Europe. With the support of GIZ, Orange supports East Africa’s digital ecosystem by providing young Ethiopians with all its technological know-how to create more job opportunities. This program will be complemented by two ODC Clubs that will be deployed swiftly in different regions to reach out to even more young people,” said Mr. Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Middle East & Africa.

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