Africa: COMESA Signs Up Microsoft for Cloud Protection
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft Corporation which sets out how they will work together the areas of access to technology, development of relevant skills and the fostering of innovation in COMESA’s 19 member states.
“Business technology has revolutionized the way countries and firms conduct 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,” Sindiso Ngwenya, the COMESA’s Secretary General said.
The COMESA Business Council (CBC) and Microsoft deal will promote access to technology to COMESA Member States based on a Trusted Cloud Infrastructure that focuses on the secure deployment of modern IT operations.
This is in line with the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative’s three core focus areas (World-class skills, Access and Innovation). It will also encourage the use of cloud technologies through the adoption of important enabling policies in the areas of cyber-security, data privacy and data protection, Ngwenya said.
“Through Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative, we have been working to increase regional trade and the growth of the knowledge economy in Africa,” Antony Cook, Associate General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs Microsoft, Middle East and Africa said.