The delegation of Estonian ICT cluster was in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from May 6-9. During the visit, the companies held a workshop for forty public sector representatives of African countries, met local Ministry of Information Technology, and representatives of international aid organisations. In addition, two partner companies of Estonian ICT cluster signed Memorandums of Understanding with local organisations.
„The purpose of practical workshops is to increase the capability for implementing digital technologies of public sector organisations and government institutions in African countries,“ explains the Manager of Estonian ICT cluster, Doris Põld. „The solutions we have developed can be implemented elsewhere and that is what we demonstrated to the government officials taking part in our workshops.“ During the project of supporting e-governance cooperation in African countries, the members of ICT cluster developed a technological demo solution which gives a realistic experience about the simplicity of the functioning of an e-government.
ANSUT, an organisation responsible for developing IT field in Côte d’Ivoire and Cybernetica signed a Memorandum of Understanding. „This comprehensive agreement creates a possibility to provide Côte d’Ivoire with world-class knowledge in several fields where Estonian companies hold high expertise,“ adds Riho Kurg, the Head of Data Exchange Technologies at Cybernetica. „The main goal is to develop a strong foundation for the local e-government based on Estonian experience, and to improve the availability of e-services for the citizens of Côte d’Ivoire.“
A software company Reach-U signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Digital Afrique Telecom. “This is a great example where we face the formulation of valuable partnership for the member of Estonian ICT cluster that wants to continue preparations of common projects in the region,” said Manager of the cluster, Doris Põld.
The visit of Estonian ICT cluster is a part of the project „Support for e-Governance Cooperation in African Countries“ which is funded from the instruments for development and humanitarian aid of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.