SAP and Germany partner to digitise Africa
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SYSTEMS Applications Products (SAP) Africa has partnered with the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in programme to explore how new technologies and innovative solutions will determine the future for Africa.
The “Digital Africa” partnership sees digitisation as pivotal to development and growth.
Through the scheme, BMZ is joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Africa’s digital potential.
The strategic partnership also intends to concentrate on Germany’s core competencies in the ICT sector.
It comes on the back of the private sector in Africa facing numerous chal¬lenges while for German businesses – especially small and medium-sized enterprises – many African countries are largely uncharted territory.
The primary objective of the partnership with BMZ is to effectively support and underpin private investment and responsible business in the ICT sector through development cooperation measures, officials said, adding this would enable the sustain¬able management of economic results and deliver positive economic, social and environmental benefits for the African population.
“The global expertise and market success of German and European IT (and IT-related) companies will play a central role in this process.
“We are now calling on the private sector to follow the example of SAP to join the ongoing planning process of the Strategic Partnership for a Digital Africa and to support its successful execution,” Günter Nooke, Personal Representative of the German Chancellor for Africa in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, said.
Pfungwa Serima, SAP Africa Chief Executive Officer, said with the goal of enabling the continent to develop to its full potential through innovative technology solutions based on collaborative partnerships, SAP Africa was focusing on a number of tenets.
This include partnering with countries across the continent to enable transparent and citizen-oriented government, helping enable equitable quality education for all along with our customers and the far-reaching African partner ecosystem.
“We are committed to empowering African governments for success and to this exciting initiative with the BMZ and we look forward to exploring ways in which to realise our mutual vision,” Serima said.
SAP, which is headquartered in Germany, is a long-term strategic partner with BMZ.
The company is a market leader in enterprise application software.
– CAJ News
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