Today, at the Redland Tower in Ankorondrano, Orange ( and the German Development Cooperation inaugurated a “Orange Digital Center,” a digital ecosystem entirely dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation, which was attended by the highest-ranking political and administrative officials of Madagascar, German and French representatives in Madagascar, members of the Orange Madagascar board of directors and the Executive Committee.

Following in the footsteps of Tunisia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Mali, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Egypt and Jordan, it is in Antananarivo that this 9th Orange Digital Center is inaugurated.

With an area of ​​800 m2, it brings together four strategic programs of the Orange group, namely; a programming school, a solidarity FabLab -one of the digital fabrication workshops of the Orange Foundation, installed at the University of Antananarivo-, and an Orange Fab start-up accelerator, supported by Orange Ventures Africa, the investment fund.

All programs are provided free of charge and are open to everyone. They range from digital training for young people, 90% of which are internships, acceleration of start-up and guidance to project and investment carriers.

Working as a network, the Orange Digital Centers allow the sharing of experiences and knowledge between countries and offer a simple and inclusive approach to improve the employability of young people, encourage innovative entrepreneurship and promote the local digital ecosystem.

Officially opened today, the Orange Digital Center in Madagascar has been operational since October 19, 2021 and has already hosted several training sessions and digital events. In addition, Orange Madagascar, in association with some universities in Madagascar, agreed to establish two Orange Digital Center Clubs, extensions of the programming school within the University of Fianarantsoa and the University of Antsiranana, thus complementing the educational system to provide the greatest number of people possible to access new technologies and support them to use these technologies to their fullest extent.

Orange and the German Development Cooperation are working together as part of a development partnership within the develoPPP program, which the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The objective is to fulfill their shared vision, promoting the employability of young people while supporting the sustainable growth and digital transformation of the country. The program is also working to promote gender equality and inclusion by promoting women’s and girls’ access to ICT jobs.

Through digital technology, this program focuses on the following sustainable development goals in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: (SDG 4) quality education, (SDG 5) gender equality, ( SDG 8) decent work and economic growth, (SDG 9) industry, innovation and infrastructure, (SDG 10) reduction of inequalities and (SDG 17) alliances for objectives.

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