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Realizing Unlimited Potential in Africa
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Realizing Unlimited Potential in Africa

“We believe that the promotion of a knowledge-based economy creates a promise
of scientific advancement, of improvements in productivity,
and the opportunity for achieving sustainable growth
in our country and on the continent broadly.”

- Naledi Pandor, Minister of Education, Republic of South Africa

Established in Africa since 1992, Microsoft holds a deep commitment and passion toward accelerating Africa’s economic and social development. Our aim is to help Africans realize their own and their continent’s full potential, while ensuring that technology supports and accelerates Africa’s progress toward the Millennium Development Goals. In recent years, we have increased our engagement and investments in education, in the promotion of local innovation, in employability skills in local communities, and e-government solutions. Nevertheless, we decided we need to do more.

Together with African business partners, national and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and inter-governmental organizations, we are working to build a modern and competitive knowledge economy for African societies. While the challenges are great, there is an intense desire for Africa to be part of the rising global economy, and accelerate its own sustainable development. The following represents Microsoft’s priority areas for continued investments in Africa:

  • Enhancing the competitiveness of countries by expanding access to education
  • Contributing to a thriving African technology economy by stimulating economic growth, innovation, and employment in Africa’s IT industry and beyond, including the adaptation of our products to local challenges and needs
  • Supporting jobs and opportunities through ICT-related capacity building with the non-government organization and inter-governmental organization communities in Africa, improving services for African citizens through e-government solutions that enhance transparency and efficiency; and by empowering local communities through ICT skills training

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