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Abu Dhabi, Botswana ink ICT agreement

September 12, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa

Botswana and Abu Dhabi have committed to a MoU that will provide the framework for ICT development and rollout. (Image source: Botswana flag via Shutterstock.com)

Botswana and Abu Dhabi have committed to a MoU that will provide the framework for ICT development and rollout. (Image source: Botswana flag via Shutterstock.com)

In a move seen as a major coup for Botswana’s Information Communications and Technology sector, the country’s government has inked a new MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Abu Dhabi for ICT knowledge sharing and capacity building.

According to government officials in Botswana, the agreement also includes a commitment on both sides to develop electronic public services for the East African country.

Rashed Lahej Al-Mansoori, director general of Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC), said Abu Dhabi “has an ambitious ICT vision and mandate that contributes to putting the UAE among the region’s top nations in ICT network readiness.”

The MoU states that the two countries “will share knowledge and expertise in the monitoring of productivity improvement and performance management, and will share skills transfer through attachments, programs and information exchanges.”

It should also be a catalyst for continued development of Botswana’s ICT sector, which has grown solidly over the past few years, but which also needs further care and effort to continue to push it forward.

* Image via Shutterstock

Mohammed Awad

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