Orange opens new Digital Center in Dakar, Senegal
Orange inaugurated a new Digital Center in Dakar, Senegal, on 24 October, the second such center on the African continent and the first in West Africa. Orange Digital Centers are an international network of spaces for countries to share experiences of digital transformation, and national venues to promote digital inclusion, innovation and entrepreneurship, and to support the local digital ecosystem.
With a surface area of 2,000 m² over six floors, the Digital Center in Dakar brings together several of Orange’s programmes under one roof, including: a coding school, a Solidarity FabLab, Sonatel Academy and Orange Digital Ventures Africa (Orange’s investment fund). All of the programmes provided are free-of-charge and include digital skills training for young people, startup acceleration, and investment.
Ms Christine Albanel, Head of CSR, Diversity, Partnerships and Philanthropy for Orange, and Deputy Chair of the Orange Foundation, said: “The Orange Foundation’s mission, in the countries where it operates, is to provide everyone with a chance by leveraging digital technology. The Orange Digital Center in Dakar illustrates our ambition to make digital inclusion the key focus of our social commitment. The Solidarity FabLab and the coding school, which are part of the Foundation’s and CSR’s inclusion programmes will enable many young people to develop new digital skills and will set them on the course to employment.”
Additional Digital Centers are slated to open by the end of 2019 in Jordan, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire, and in Morocco and Egypt in 2020.