Russian firm signs MOU with Cameroun on supply of educational software
The Russian developer of office software for joint work on documents and communications, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) with the Ministry of Primary Education of the Republic of Cameroon for the supply of one million licenses of MyOffice software to all schools around the country.
The event took place in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, with the direct support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, represented by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Cameroon, Mr. Anatoliy Gennadyevich Bashkin.
The memorandum was signed by, Minister of Primary Education of the Republic of Cameroon, Mr. Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa and founder and managing partner of Carousel Finance SA, Mr. Jafar Hilali, a master partner for distribution of MyOffice in African countries.
The signed memorandum provides for collaboration in the form of a public-private partnership, under which Carousel Finance SA is to supply one million MyOffice licences to primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Cameroon over a period of 10 years, and the educational institutions will receive MyOffice software free of charge.
The memorandum was signed during a business mission held in the country, which entailed a series of meetings at the highest state level. For example, at a meeting with Prime Minister of the Republic of Cameroon, Mr. Joseph Dion Ngute, the parties discussed the current challenges in the sphere of information security faced by leaders of the republic, and discussed proposals for developing a digitization program in the country using Russian software.
“Signing the memorandum became a logical continuation of the collaboration with MyOffice. Last year, we initiated pilot projects for implementation in 10 schools around Cameroon, which demonstrated their effectiveness as part of the school program.
“Our approach to teaching children involves not only the transfer of fundamental scientific knowledge, including natural sciences, but also the development of digital literacy skills among the younger generations.
“We are interested in using the safe Russian software MyOffice in our teaching practices, and starting from today, it will be delivered to all schools around the country,” declared Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, Minister of Primary Education of the Republic of Cameroon.
“MyOffice arouses genuine interest among African countries that are taking their first steps on the road to civilization and facing new challenges in the field of IT. The Republic of Cameroon was one of the first to prioritize the development of its digital sovereignty; it recognized the need to upgrade its own proprietary infrastructure, and has already seen the first positive results of pilot projects to implement Russian software. The official agreement was a confirmation of the Government of the Republic of Cameroon’s serious interest in switching to modern and safe MyOffice products,” stated Jafar Hilali, founder and managing partner of Carousel Finance SA, a master partner for distribution of MyOffice in African countries.
“The Republic of Cameroon aims to become a leader on the African continent by providing its citizens with modern digital services and support. Today, 14per cent of the population have Internet connection, and the total length of high-speed communication lines exceeds 8,000 km. It is clear that implementing digitization in the country would be impossible without first providing training and developing digital literacy. Switching to the modern Russian software MyOffice in Cameroonian schools will make it possible to achieve this goal more quickly and easily,” said the managing partner of Carousel Finance SA, Gleb Cheglakov.