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RIYADH: Djibouti has officially joined the Digital Cooperation Organization, a Saudi initiative that brings together nations, businesses, civil society groups, academics and R&D institutions to promote social prosperity through participation and growth more inclusive in the digital economy.
Djibouti’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dya-Eddine Said Bamakhrama, signed the founding charter of the DCO during a ceremony held at the Embassy in Riyadh, and in the presence of the Secretary General of the DCO, Deemah Al-Yahya, and of Omar Al-Nimr, director of government and international relations in the organization.
“I signed the DCO Foundation Charter for Djibouti to be a member of this new organization focused on digital prosperity for all. Deemah Al Yahya, Secretary General of the DCO, was present during the signing at the Djibouti Embassy,” the Ambassador tweeted on Wednesday.
With the signing of the charter, Djibouti becomes the 10th member country and the fourth in Africa to join the membership of the organization, which includes Saudi Arabia (the headquarters country), Jordan, Bahrain, Pakistan, Rwanda , Oman, Kuwait, Morocco and Nigeria.
Morocco became the ninth member state of the DCO last month. The DCO was launched after the Saudi G20 Presidency at the G20 Summit in November 2020, where the focus was on the digital economy, particularly in education and health in response to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.
Founded by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait and Pakistan, DCO is driven by a vision of a digital future for all. It aims to empower women, youth and entrepreneurs, grow the digital economy and advance innovation.
Bamakhrama told Arab News on Thursday: “The DCO is interested in digitalization in the field of administration and economy, and works with governments, civil society, international organizations and the private sector to promote a comprehensive digital transformation within Member States by adopting initiatives focused on the digital economy and supporting women, young people and entrepreneurs in this field.
Bamakhrama added that DCO countries are part of a wider network for building global partnerships that develop common digital ambitions.
The Ambassador said the organization aims to achieve economic and social diversification and prosperity, through the growth opportunities offered by the digital transformation of the public sector.
“Djibouti’s membership of the organization is part of an ambitious national desire to embrace digitalization, with the aim of responding to many challenges and finding lasting solutions, and to offer an exceptional environment for working, living and thriving in Djibouti,” said the Ambassador.
Djibouti’s entry into the DCO comes after the Minister of State for the Digital Economy and Innovation, Maryam Hamdo Ali, visited Saudi Arabia at the end of March, where she met many senior managers specializing in information technology and digitization.
“In Djibouti, digital occupies an important place in President Ismail Omar Guelleh’s program to promote national development at different levels,” said the ambassador.