ADDIS ABABA – The government of Ethiopia announced on Wednesday a new collaboration agreement with Internet Society in a bid to advance its push for digital economy and drive economic transformation.
State minister of Innovation and Technology (MInT) Dr. Ahmedin Mohammed, and Dr. Dawit Bekele, Regional Vice President – Africa of Internet Society.
The agreement with the global non-profit organization working to ensure the Internet remains a force for good for everyone was signed during the Advanced Data Science and Visualization training in Addis Ababa.
Last year, the government of Ethiopia launched its digital transformation strategy, Digital Ethiopia 2025, with the goal of leveraging digital technologies to foster development and growth for every citizen.
The collaboration with Internet Society will support the implementation of the strategy to help the country develop digital services to advance key sectors that drive economic growth such as agriculture, manufacturing, services, and tourism, according to the MInT.
The agreement is also expected to help expand connectivity to rural areas, build Internet infrastructure, and strengthen Internet governance.
At the signing event, State minister Dr. Ahmedin said the digital transformation of the national economy is one of the nation’s strategic priorities.
“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.
Its goal is 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.
The two sides say the partnership is in line with Ethiopia’s efforts to promote the development and use of the Internet as a resource to enrich people’s lives.
“This collaboration comes at a time when Ethiopia is liberalizing its telecommunications sector which is in line with increasing the infrastructure,” said its regional president Dr. Dawit.
“We sign this agreement to increase rural connectivity and make sure that everyone in Ethiopia benefits from the digital transformation,” he added.
Currently, the internet society is working with the Ministry in Ethiopia’s preparation to host the World Telecommunication Development Conference and organizing trainings on advanced topics such as data science, blockchain and Internet of Things.
Recently, Internet Society partnered with the Ministry to organize the country’s first ever Internet Development conference and the school of Internet Governance for Ethiopia.