The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says the agreement will also result in development of relevant skills and the fostering of innovation among its 19 member states, according to a statement obtained by Xinhua.


The agreement will be implemented by the COMESA Business Council, an organ representing the private sector within the regional bloc.

The signing of the agreement is also in line with Microsoft4Africa Initiative whose focus is in promoting world class skills, access and innovation. The agreement will promote access to technology and promote the adoption of high-speed, low-cost connectivity.

The statement added that the agreement will also accelerate promotion of new policy approaches to spectrum management such as dynamic spectrum access and adoption of important enabling policies in the areas of cyber-security, data privacy and data protection.

Sindiso Ngwenya, COMESA Secretary-General said business technology has revolutionized the way countries and firms are conducting business.

“We are in an age where the planning processes of organizations is through instruments and solutions that promote quality management, and respond to age-old constraints of time limitations and high costs of operations,” he said after the signing ceremony held at the organization’s secretariat in Lusaka, the Zambian capital.

Antony Cook, Associate General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs Microsoft, Middle East and Africa said through the partnership, Microsoft aims to scale across the region further to impact not just thousands, but millions.

The collaboration is further expected to focus on fostering innovation across the COMESA region by promoting the value and protection of intellectual property, he added.

“It will also encourage the development of e-government solutions that will facilitate, simplify and stimulate investment and trade across the COMESA region to save time and the cost of complying with business governance and regulations,” he said.

“Through this collaboration, we will bring policy makers and businesses together and empower them to take advantage of the cloud-first, mobile-first world. With the right policies and regulations in place, people will be encouraged to use technology and ultimately participate in trade and e-commerce across borders,” he added. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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