Malawi is among 19 countries in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) that stands to enjoy improved technological access such as high-speed-low cost internet connectivity after Comesa and Microsoft signed a collaboration agreement to improve trade in the region.
Through the agreement, Comesa and Microsoft want to collaborate in the areas of access to technology, development of relevant skills and the fostering of innovation in line with Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative core focus areas.
Comesa said in a statement that the agreement with Microsoft will promote access to technology to Comesa member states based on a Trusted Cloud Infrastructure that focuses on the secure deployment of modern IT operations.
It also expects the collaboration to accelerate and promote the adoption of innovative high-speed low-cost connectivity initiatives, including through new policy approaches to spectrum management such as dynamic spectrum access.
It will also encourage the use of cloud technologies through the adoption of important enabling policies in the areas of cyber-security, data privacy and data protection.
Comesa indicates that the collaboration is further expected to focus on fostering innovation across the Comesa region by promoting the value and protection of Intellectual Property.
“It will also encourage the development of eGovernment solutions that will facilitate, simplify and stimulate investment in and trade across the Comesa region to save on time and the cost of complying with business governance and regulations. This collaboration fits squarely with Comesa’s mandate and demonstrates the commitment to promote common interests for economic development in the region,” reads the statement in part.