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Orange Digital Center in Ethiopia

Orange Digital Center in Ethiopia

GIZ and Orange launch an Orange Digital Center in Ethiopia, the 3rd in Africa and Middle East region, to train young people in digital technology and boost their employability.

This hub is amazingly designed with everything techies and entrepreneurs will need and savor. This is a new dawn for Ethiopian youth who wants to connect to global opportunities beyond Ethiopia and Africa.

The purpose of Orange Digital Center

The purpose of Orange Digital Centers is to bring together several strategic programmes under the same roof including:

  • a coding school,
  • a “FabLab Solidaire”,
  • a startup accelerator “Orange Fab” and
  • Orange Ventures Africa, the Group’s investment fund.

All of the programmes provided are:

  • free-of charge,
  • open to all and include digital training for young people,
  • 90% of which are practical training,
  • start-up acceleration,
  • guidance for project bearers and
  • investment.

Orange and GIZ are working together in a development partnership of the programme, which GIZ implements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The project is supported by BMZ’s Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation, which also operates under the brand Invest for Jobs.

Advantage of Orange Digital Center in Ethiopia

  • The know-how of Orange in training and
  • supporting young people in the field of digital skills and innovation
  • addressing the challenges inherent in the employability and entrepreneurship of young Ethiopians

Together with the Ethiopian partners, the GIZ and Orange hope to achieve their shared vision of greater youth employability –- including

  • more women and girls in ICT jobs
  • supporting the country’s sustainable growth and digital transformation.

About Orange

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 42 billion euros in 2019 and 147,000 employees worldwide at 31 December 2019, including 87,000 employees in France.

The Group has a total customer base of 266 million customers worldwide at 31 December 2019, including 207 million mobile customers and 21million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries.

Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services.

In December 2019, the Group presented its new “Engage 2025” strategic plan, which, guided by social and environmental accountability, aims to reinvent its operator model.

While accelerating in growth areas and placing data and Al at the heart of its innovation model, the Group will be an attractive and responsible employer, adapted to emerging professions.

Hatoumata Magassa – Director of Orange Digital Center in Ethiopia (ODC Ethiopia)

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