Internet Society sign new pact to advance digital economy in Ethiopia

he Ministry of Innovation and Technology and the Internet Society sign new pact to advance digital economy in Ethiopia. [Image: Courtesy]
Ethiopia– The Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MINT) of Ethiopia and the Internet Society have announced a new collaboration agreement on Thursday 10, June 2021,  that will help advance the digital economy and drive economic transformation.

The collaboration between the MINT and the Internet Society aims to support the implementation of the country’s digital transformation strategy to help develop digital services that will in turn advance key sectors that drive economic growth such as agriculture, manufacturing, services, and tourism.

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

Ministry of Innovation and Technology signed the agreement during the Advanced Data Science and Visualization training by His Excellency Dr. Ahmedin Mohammed, State Minister for Innovation and Technology, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Dr. Dawit Bekele, Regional Vice President – Africa, Internet Society.

Dr. Ahmedin noted that Ethiopian Government has given priority to the Digital Transformation of the national economy.

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

The State Minister added, “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.”

According to Dr. Ahmedin, the said strategy shall be realized through collaboration and commitment of everyone including government, non-governmental, development partners and societies, since it demands aggressive commitment to increase infrastructure, enabling systems, digital applications, and enabling ecosystems.

On his part, Dr. Dawit Bekele, Regional Vice President – Africa, Internet Society, lauded the cooperation saying it came at a time when Ethiopia is liberalizing its telecommunications sector which is in line with increasing infrastructure. 

“We sign this agreement to increase rural connectivity and make sure that everyone in Ethiopia benefits from the digital transformation,” said  Dr. Dawit Bekele.

The Internet Society is committed to support Ethiopia in its vision to create an inclusive digital economy through the Digital Ethiopia 2025 Strategy. The partnership is in line with Internet Society’s efforts to promote the development and use of the Internet as a resource to enrich people’s lives.

Recently, it partnered with the Ministry to organize the country’s first ever Internet Development conference and the school of Internet Governance for Ethiopia.

Currently, the internet society working with the Ministry in Ethiopia’s preparation to host the World Telecommunication Development Conference and organising trainings on advanced topics such as data science, blockchain and Internet of Things.

The Internet Society is also working with Ethiopia to support the development of community networks in the Awi zone, Amhara Regional State, and helping young men and women learn how to design, deploy, and maintain local area networks in Bahr Dar.

The partnership will enable to have even more impactful work in Ethiopia and help the country leapfrog into the digital society.