After a $1 billion investment, Google has confirmed its intention to build “a more vibrant and dynamic digital ecosystem” and to create new jobs and train young people in Africa by accelerating its initiatives in the Digital Technology sector.
According to an announcement made today by the Vice President of Google for Africa, Nnamdi Udoh;s announcement made today;Google has signed an agreement with the highest-level of the Harambee Fund. The agreement, signed by Udoh and the finance minister of Kenya, Henry Rotich, commits Google to invest in job creation, IT education and innovation across Africa through the “Digital Quotient” (DQ) of its internet.org project.
Google aims to increase access to internet and improve on broadband access across Africa through its partnerships with telecom providers, as well as the Accelerated Mobile Broadband Initiative (AMBI), which aims to help telecom operators roll out more affordable broadband services. Through AMBI, Google aims to promote innovation through the provision of critical technological support to telecommunications companies and ecosystem partners across the continent. The program is designed to spur development of effective technologies to improve access to technology and help spur job creation and economic growth, as well as to bring new technologies to market more rapidly and profitably.
Google also provides a formal training program to institutions and individuals who are looking to build their skills in the Internet and related fields of technology. The companies that have trained and grown their businesses through Google for Africa are building profitable, sustainable businesses.
– To support the Digital Quotient to help improve economic and job creation on the continent.
– To ensure the digital growth in Africa is sustainable and scalable.
– To establish new partners that can deliver quality education and jobs across Africa.
Last year Google committed $500 million to its “Made in Africa” initiative to leverage digital resources, infrastructure and talent. Since then it has committed another $500 million in three months to the Made in Africa program.
Through Made in Africa, Google is investing in digital solutions and accelerating development in two core areas:
– Growing new online content that will better serve the people of Africa
– Building new digital infrastructure to further access to and improve the quality of digital content.
Go to Africa for more information about the company’s initiatives in Africa, including Made in Africa.
About Google for Africa
Google for Africa works with local communities across the continent to enable people to access and use information and resources to build smart lives. We connect people with each other and provide them the opportunity to use the internet and online services to connect and build their businesses. We aim to build closer ties between people and communities across Africa and help build a more vibrant and dynamic digital ecosystem and technology.