GSMA and BMZ to drive sustainable development

The GSMA and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bring together their expertise in leveraging digital technologies to drive sustainable development.

The GSMA and BMZ seek to collaborate in the five critical areas defined in BMZ’s “Digital technologies for development” strategy: Work and Employment; Local Innovation; Equal Opportunities; Good Governance & Human Rights; and Data for Development. Additionally, the collaboration provides more focus on supporting local mobile innovations and entrepreneurs in Africa and Asia.

To kick-start the partnership, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), as the leading implementing organization of German Development Cooperation, has also signed two grant agreements.

As an initial step, the GSMA will create a Mobile Innovation Lab as part of the Tunisian Digital Transformation Center implemented by GIZ. Together with the Tunisian government and the local digital ecosystem, GIZ and the GSMA will collaborate on the development of mobile digital solutions and promoting the platform economy across various sectors, with specific emphasis on supporting women and girls in the digital economy.

“The GSMA’s Mobile for Development work supports digital innovation that delivers sustainable business growth and large-scale socio-economic impact across Africa,” said John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA.

“With the support of BMZ and GIZ, we further expand our commitment to support the delivery of the SDGs. Working together to encourage an entrepreneurial environment, we can expand digital inclusion that will, in turn, improve overall economic welfare across the region,” added Giusti.

“BMZ recognises the important role of the GSMA and its network of mobile operators in the acceleration of digital innovation and inclusion for sustainable development,” said Clemens Kapler, from BMZ’s Division.

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