[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

terça-feira, 19 de setembro de 2017

Ansip: In digital, we are equal partners with Africa

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Andrus Ansip
[Georgi Gotev]

The informal meeting of EU ministers was held on 11 September. Promoting the use of digital solutions and technologies in development cooperation is one of the main priorities of the Estonian Presidency in the field of development cooperation.

Ansip mentioned the Digital4Development initiative, supported by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, under which there should be a digital component in any development initiative.

Andrus Ansip wants European aid to finance the African digital market

Digital development should be put at the heart of the EU’s aid policy, the Commissioner for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, said at the European Development Days event in Brussels. EURACTIV France reports.

The Commission Vice President said €32 billion has been spent from the EU budget for development over the last ten years, and another €82 billion from the member states. But the part spent on digital had been very small – about 500 million in total. In comparison, he said, French multinational telecommunications corporation Orange was investing €1 billion every year, or even more.

The use of smartphones is developing fast in Africa. Farmers who are able to get information about market prices are able to increase their revenue by 20%, Ansip said.


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