South African government signs ICT investment MoU with South Sudan
20 July 2018
South Africa and South Sudan have agreed to a renewed MoU governing ICT investment and sector development between the two countries, reports ITWeb. South African Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams held a meeting with her South Sudanese counterpart, the deputy minister of ICT Lily Albino Akol, to confirm the development. The MoU must still be reviewed for legal compliance but Ndabeni-Abrahams said that the deal calls for strategic partnerships between ICT institutions in both the public and private sectors.
The MoU encourages ICT investment in the economies of the two countries. This will result in collaboration on ICT Skills and many more fields. According to Ndabeni-Abrahams, the MoU could not be finalised earlier because South Sudan was in a state of political transition which culminated in a referendum that led to autonomy in 2011. The country has since confirmed it is in the right position to review and conclude the ICT-focused MoU.
The South African deputy minister said she will continue to engage with Albino Akol and will use the forthcoming ITU Telecom World, to be hosted in South Africa in September, as another opportunity. She said there will be a chance to meet again and explore the progress of the bilateral relations.
Once ratified, the MoU will add South Sudan to a list of African countries that already have formal ICT ties with South Africa including, Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.