Smart Africa signed an MOU with the Estonia Association of information Technology and Telecommunications, which will see the two agencies, collaborate on fighting cyber security, protection of critical infrastructure and developing policy documents on e-Governance and digital transformation for Smart Africa Member States.
Smart Africa Alliance recognizes the progress made in Estonia’s ICT development especially with regard to the creation of the e-governance infrastructure, digital service and leadership in the European Union’s Single Digital Market.
Smart Africa seeks to play a pivotal role in the transformation of Africa into a single digital market, and its leadership noted that partnering with the country will help them in its agenda.
This MOU with Estonia comes at a time when the African continent is energized around the concept of digitizing Africa, we are proud to partner with a country that most people look to as the Best Practice in e-governance infrastructure and digital services”
“Smart Africa looks forward to great achievements with Estonia in the digital space as we transform Africa into a single digital market” said Dr Hamadoun Toure, the Executive Director of Smart Africa, during the signing ceremony in Kigali.
Mrs Kadri Humal Ayal, the Honorary Consul for Estonia in Kenya, represented Estonia.
The other areas of collaboration will be around disseminating of best practices in the areas of secure data exchange and interoperability of national cross boarder databases and IT systems in the Smart Africa Member States, which will be based on Estonia’s secure data exchange infrastructure implementation experience.
The two will also work together on establishment of e-Governance training programs and regional competence hubs for the Smart Africa Member States, and promoting cooperation of ICT companies implementing e-Services.
The development of information and telecommunications is a major factor in the promotion of the socio-economic development of Africa in the 21st century.
Smart Africa is at forefront of driving this agenda since its mandate from the African Heads of State is to transform Africa through the power of ICT.