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30/07/2021

Google Solidifies Commitment To Digital Transformation Of Africa

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Google has joined Smart Africa as a platinum member of the Alliance.

This announcement reaffirms Google's commitment to the digital transformation of Africa, which will see the company use its vast experience, competencies and networks to contribute towards Africa's development of broadband connectivity, data governance and the ICT start-ups and innovation ecosystem which are all key initiatives that Smart Africa is undertaking.

The Alliance is tasked with defining Africa's digital strategy to ensure socio-economic transformation and this is in sync with Google's vision for Africa. Therefore, Google will contribute towards closing the digital gap through advancing digital skills development. Africa has a growing youth population which offers an unparalleled opportunity for development and economic growth. Therefore digital skills development is essential for Africa to develop.

With 32 countries under the Smart Africa Alliance, representing 815 million people across the continent, the partnership between Smart Africa and Google is well poised to make a significant impact on the vision of Smart Africa.

Google joins other international and African technology firms as members of Smart Africa including Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Microsoft, Facebook, Inmarsat, Liquid Telecom, Orange, Intel, Ericsson, Huawei and Tata Communications & Transformation Services. Smart Africa also partners international organisations such as the International telecommunications Union (ITU), the African Development Bank (AfDB), GSMA and the World Bank among others.

Google is focused on leveraging its expertise to help make advanced technologies available to more of the world's citizens, regardless of geographic location. By creating innovative and accessible digital infrastructures and skills, Google and other organisations within the Smart Africa Alliance can lead the world into an era of advancement and sustainable development.

Together with other members of the Alliance, Google is committed to transform Africa into a single digital market.
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