EAC inks deal with Microsoft to spur digital development in East Africa


Mr Cheick Diarra, Chairman Microsoft for Africa and Middle East
Mr Cheick Diarra, Chairman Microsoft for Africa and Middle East (Source: ITU / J.M. Ferré)
The East African Community (EAC) today signed a partnership with Microsoft under which the latter agreed to assist the organization in its efforts to continue digital development in the region.

The parties signed the memorandum during Africa Union summit in Addis Ababa. The parties were represented by EAC deputy secretary general of Political Federation, Ms Beatrice Kiraso and Microsoft chairman for Africa, Mr Cheick Diarra, according to the Tanzanian daily, The Citizen.

“The EAC and Microsoft will partner in exploring how ICT can support the EAC’s goal of addressing common development challenges through closer political, economic and social cooperation across the region”, said EAC in a statement.

Microsoft chairman for Africa, Diarra explained that inter-regional cooperation is necessary to improve information technology in Africa and facilitate attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).