Photo - (From left) Abd Aziz Abd Kadir (Chief Operating Officer of Mimos); Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah (CEO of MIMOS); YB Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin (Minister of MOSTI); His Excellency Khalid Abdelgadir Shukri (Ambassador of Sudan); Dr. Osama A. Rayis (Director General of ACT); and Mohammed Maghgoub (CEO Asasat Group).
Malaysia's national research and development agency MIMOS has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Sudanese entity Africa City of Technology (ACT) to establish a joint venture to build ICT capabilities and industries in Sudan.
Under this government-to-government (G2G) agreement, MIMOS will act as mentor to ACT, which is a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) park venture capital affiliated with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Sudan.
The partnership will see MIMOS as a mentor to nurture ACT by sharing its Open Innovation Platform (OIP) to help Sudan kickstart their ICT industry. MIMOS will provide the technology investment while ACT takes up the capital investment. This will enable industries to take up MIMOS OIP and offer unique solutions to Sudan.
The MoA, which follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two parties on 1 November 2012 in Khartoum, Sudan, was witnessed by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, YB Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin and The Republic of Sudan Ambassador to Malaysia, H.E Khalid Abdelgadir Shukri. The MoA document was signed by MIMOS president and chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Wahab Abdullah and MIMOS chief operating officer Abd Aziz Abd Kadir on behalf of MIMOS, while ACT was represented by its director general Dr. Osama Rayis and chief executive officer, ASASAT Group, Mohammed Mahjoo.
"In MIMOS, our business objectives are best met when we synergise our capabilities with our partners. This provides us with a conduit for locally developed technology to be exported worldwide and serves as an excellent platform for Malaysia to demonstrate its R&D capabilities to the world," said MIMOS's Wahab.
"This is our first partnership with an African nation and we hope Sudan will be our strategic partner to help us build the bridge to other countries in the African continent," he said.
The cooperation will involve technologies such as: public cloud services; mini cloud solution for education sector (e-Learning); mesh Wifi with cloud services in the Khartoum area; high performance computing services for animation random simulation; precision agriculture - mini green house solution; and nanotechnology research.
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