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Angola signs ICT memoranda with Rwanda and Sweden

The Angolan Government has signed two Memoranda of Understanding for strengthening cooperation in the field of Telecommunications and Information Technology with Rwanda and the Kingdom of Sweden.

On the fringes of the Global Technology Forum and Exhibition (Angotic 2019), Angolan President José Carvalho da Rocha, Rwanda’s counterpart Paula Ingabire, and Sweden, the plenipotentiary ambassador Angola, Lennart Killander Larsson.

Minister José Carvalho da Rocha said the memorandum initialed with Rwanda aims to identify potential areas, share experiences and put results to the benefit of citizens.

“Let’s start now to exchange technical teams. The minister will visit Angola Cable, Infrasat, and the Center of Funda, “he said.

With Sweden, he said the memorandum serves to revitalize existing work several years ago. “At this moment we will work on issues of regulation, transfer of knowledge and improve the presence of Swedish companies in Angola.”

Rwanda’s Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technology, Communication and Innovation Paula Ingabire said the memorandum is a platform for the two countries to implement their digital agendas and exchange experiences in space and security.

For Lennart Killander Larsson, the second signatory of the memorandum, Angola and Sweden are in a new phase of cooperation and will work in areas related to education, training of cadres and projects for the regulation of ICTs.

“We have several sectors to work on and increase cooperation,” he said.

Cooperation between the two countries will be valid for a renewable five-year period and will be limited to the implementation of infrastructure projects, interconnection at national, regional and international level, and the exchange of experience, support and reinforcement of the institutional and operational capacities of the regulatory agency (Inacom).

Electronic governance applications for document management and activity support in different sectors, the establishment of a legal framework and tools for cyber security, which create an environment conducive to the development of ICTs and the use of the Internet, are some of the cooperation.

The cooperation will also include the creation of conditions and mechanisms for the promotion of business partnerships, aiming at the creation of a Technological Development Center.

Funding will depend on available resources and on others, with each signatory being responsible for the activities within its jurisdiction, according to the assignments and in accordance with the joint program defined for its implementation.

The Forum Angotic2019, whose doors closed today, received the visit of 15 thousand people.

The event, which was attended by 138 national and international speakers participating in 53 panels, discussed topics such as the road to smart cities, data analysis in corporate environment, space education, content and digital media, among others.

International companies such as France’s Air Bus, the US-based Intelsat and Facebook, Smart Africa, and China’s Huawei participated in the fair.

120 “start up” and 80 exhibitors from the transport, electricity, robotics, telecommunications and other sectors were present at the fair, which also received the visit of the Vice-President of the Republic, Bornito de Sousa.

At the end of Angotic, Minister José Carvalho da Rocha told the press that the event was positive and more demanding compared to 2019, which should be placed on the roadmap of international ICT experts.

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