BEIRUT: Djibouti becomes the tenth country to join the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) based in Riyadh. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Abdelkader Kamil Mohammed and the organization on Monday.
Founded in November 2020 by five countries – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait and Pakistan –, The DCO is guided by the vision of a digital future for all through the empowerment of women, youth and entrepreneurs, the development of the digital economy and innovation.
With the signing of the founding charter of the DCO, Djibouti joins the ranks of the organization as the fourth African nation, which since its inception has welcomed other states such as Rwanda, Oman, Morocco and Nigeria. The COD continues to expand. Now its members collectively represent nearly $2,000 billion of GDP and more than half a billion people.
While Djibouti has made significant strides in becoming a digital hub in regional connectivity and data markets, this republic aspires to become an emerging economy and a substantial commercial and digital hub through its “Djibouti Vision 2035” plan.
Vision 2035 was developed in consultation with Djiboutian youth, political parties, civil society, the private sector and international development partners. It represents a roadmap for the country to develop social inclusion, connectivity and regional integration. Their goal is to achieve a diversified and competitive economy.
Abdelkader Kamil Mohammed said he is pleased to be part of the DCO, a “young and dynamic organization focused on developing the digital economy, which will be a significant growth lever that we must seize today from the strongest Morning”.
“We also intend to be a spokesperson to encourage other countries to join the organization,” as “the diversity of institutions that foster the digital economy can only be a benefit for our countries,” he said.
For her part, Minister Delegate for Digital Economy and Innovation, Mariam Hamadou Ali, stated that “the DCO is a natural partner for Djibouti as we continue on our digital transformation journey”.
“The DCO offers Djibouti a platform to actively participate in the new digital economy. We are delighted to join the DCO and look forward to working with other Member States in pursuit of digital prosperity for all,” she continued.
For her part, the Secretary General of the DCO, Dima al-Yahya, pointed out that “Djibouti is a country that is making significant strides in expanding its digital footprint with digital training programs and initiatives to support women entrepreneurs”.
“Its National Strategy for ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Development and its World Bank-funded Digital Foundations Project demonstrate the country’s strong commitment to creating an environment conducive to economic growth. Hosting a country that aligns so clearly with the COD vision will enhance our collective strength and influence in creating a more inclusive digital economy,” she said.
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