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Smart Africa partners with Gebeya to promote capacity building and stimulate private sector growth.

Smart Africa and Gebeya Inc., one of Africa’s premiere software development companies, have signed a partnership agreement that will see the two organizations collaborate to stimulate private sector growth and entrepreneurship on the continent. While one of Smart Africa’s cornerstones is encouraging development of smart cities, complimentary to this, one of Gebeya’s main goals is to fuel technology advancement in Africa through training and capacity building. Collectively, both organizations believe that specialized technology training implemented at local levels will organically cultivate and increase the caliber of African human capacity.

The partnership aims to fuel three of Smart Africa’s flagship initiatives including: Smart Africa ICT Industry Development, Smart Africa Digital Literacy, and Smart Africa Digital Economy.

Under these initiatives, Gebeya will work with Smart Africa to ensure that the continent becomes more of a technology solutions producer, that the continent becomes more technology cultured and literate, and to help African countries connect more efficiently at infrastructural levels by further developing the digital economy on the continent.

The ICT Literacy initiative is expected to produce significant continental benefits including:

*Increased African workforce efficiency and productivity.
*Realization of knowledge based economies across the continent due to proliferation of human capacity.
*Facilitation of e-Government, e-Learning, and e-Commerce.
*Increased attraction of foreign investment into the technology sector.
*Increased opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship.
*Increased demand for IT products.

Aiming to make Africa a more digital literate continent, this initiative aims to support and utilize training institutions, to develop its IT active populations; as well as to stimulate Public Private Partnerships (PPP), improving development between continental governments, promoting private training and research institutions. Gebeya and Smart Africa will also establish a scholarship fund under this initiative to encourage and support those who cannot afford the full price of Gebeya tuition. 50% of this fund will be designated for women applicants.

To solidify the beginning of this partnership, Mr. Amadou Daffe, CEO of Gebeya Inc. will be speaking on the Digital Talent panel at this years “Transform Africa Summit 2017.”

Speaking about the partnership, Mr. Amadou Daffe, said: “We as Gebeya are pleased to partner with an organization such as Smart Africa to support the growth of IT skill building in Africa and its digital inclusion in the world economy. Along with Smart Africa’s initiatives being alignment with our core objectives, this partnership will subsequently position Gebeya to contribute to the Smart Africa member state agendas as they implement technology solutions and products across the continent.”

Smart Africa’s Digital Economy initiative is focused on supporting the development of technological solutions that support the financial, business, healthcare, and educational sector needs of the continent. Gebeya will reinforce this by training and providing qualified professionals to develop and implement these solutions.

Speaking about the partnership, Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Executive Director, Smart Africa, said: “Capacity building and innovation are among enablers that Smart Africa has identified to support our five pillars in the quest to contribute towards economic growth and job creation, which remains the ultimate goal of the Smart Africa’s manifesto. Our partnership with Gebeya is thus a step towards achieving this goal with the company having already positioned itself as a premiere software development company and a marketplace for top IT talent across the continent.”

About Gebeya

Gebeya (which translates to “marketplace” in Amharic) seeks to build a-self-sustainable ecosystem that trains, hires and incubates the best of African talent.

For businesses, Gebeya offers unique access to a pool of talent unmatched on any other platform that will help them get their projects built right and on budget. For IT professionals, Gebeya targets businesses that need their skills and expertise; while compensating them at top market rates. Gebeya aims to provide opportunities for untrained IT enthusiasts to learn more about professional programming through a unique world class project based training. To learn more about Gebeya, visit: www.gebeya.com

About Smart Africa

The Smart Africa Initiative was created on the basis of connecting, innovating and transforming Africa so as to create a knowledge economy that can result to global competitiveness and job creation.

Smart Africa also aims at making member states’ economies more attractive to large scale ICT investors by making them competitive, responsive to market needs and provide more room for innovation.

• The Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda on 28th-31st October 2013 culminated in the adoption of the Smart Africa Manifesto document by 7 African Heads of States in which they committed to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICT’s.

• On 30th-31st January 2014, The SMART Africa Manifesto was endorsed by all Heads of State and Government of the African Union at the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa.

• The SMART Africa has 5 pillars which reflect the 5 principles of the Smart Africa Manifesto. These pillars are (1) Policy, (2) Access, (3) e-Government, (4) Private Sector/Entrepreneurship and (5) Sustainable Development.

• Currently, the Alliance is a partnership bringing together all African countries adhering to the Manifesto represented by the AU, the ITU, World Bank, AfDB, ECA, the GSMA, ICANN and the Private Sector.

• Besides its initial membership, other organizations and countries sharing the same vision, interests and goals are admitted to the Alliance.

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