AfICTF, OCCAM seal the pact on digital communications | The Guardian Nigeria News

A non-governmental organization that advocates for digital inclusion on the continent, the African ICT Foundation (AfICTF), has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Observatory for Digital Communication (OCCAM), to explore the benefits of digital communication. in Africa.

According to the pact, the two organizations will explore the benefits of digital communication, in particular e-learning and ICT platforms for global development, research, youth education, technological innovation and its applications. to extend the benefits of new technologies to disadvantaged communities. .

The MoU was signed by the two organizations after careful consideration of the importance of digital communication and new technologies to induce sustainable global development, research, youth education, technological innovation and its applications to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

More specifically, the MoU will help facilitate the exchange of digital innovation, researchers and experts to conduct research or exchange ideas while providing opportunities to participate in international conferences, symposia and meetings. of both organizations.

The memorandum of understanding will also open collaboration opportunities for AfICTF and OCCAM in the holding of joint conferences, research, technical and audiovisual projects as well as participation in European and African Union projects or other internationally funded projects to promote digital communication, e-learning and ICT technologies for telemedicine.

AfICTF President Tony Ojobo said the partnership would spur the foundation’s quest to deepen internet penetration across the continent, saying it would help fulfill its broadband internet mandate and affordable and accessible broadband for Africans around the world.

He also said that the MoU would further assist the Foundation in fulfilling its mandate of formulating, evaluating and promoting ICT and telecommunications policies, which are mainly aimed at creating employment opportunities, accelerating the innovation and boost the productivity and progress of the African economy.

Commenting on the MOU, Arch. Saporito, President of OCCAM, said that collaboration between our two organizations could improve the paradigm shift towards a fairer and more inclusive digital society.

“We are living in a period of transition. Transition has become the key word on the global agenda. Understanding where this digital transition will take us is crucial. Only a collaboration and a shared interpretation could lead us to a more egalitarian and participative digital habitat.

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