Mimos to mentor Sudan’s ICT park and help build its industry
By Digital News Asia July 11, 2013
- MoA involves a joint venture company to invest and commercialise Mimos technologies in Sudan
- Mimos will provide the technology investment while ACT takes up capital investment
MALAYSIA’S national R&D centre Mimos Bhd and the Sudan Government’s ‘Africa City of Technology’ (ACT) have entered into a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to establish a private sector-driven joint venture vehicle.
ACT is a science, technology and innovation park affiliated with Sudan’s Ministry of Science and Technology, and is tasked with building the nation’s capability and industry.
The partnership will see Mimos acting as a mentor to nurture ACT by sharing its Open Innovation Platform (OIP) to help Sudan kick-start its ICT (Information and Communications Technology) industry.
Mimos will provide the technology investment while ACT takes up the capital investment. This will enable industries to take up the Mimos OIP and offer unique solutions to Sudan, Mimos said in a statement.
The OIP is an open-source platform created by Mimos that others can build their own technologies on to develop their own customised offerings.
The MoA is a progression from the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two parties on Nov 1, 2012 in Khartoum.
The cooperation will involve technologies such as public cloud services; a ‘mini’ cloud solution for education (e-learning); mesh WiFi with cloud services in the Khartoum area; high-performance computing services for animation and simulation; precision agriculture; and nanotechnology research.
“Our business objectives [at Mimos] are best met when we synergise our capabilities with our partners,” said Mimos president and chief executive officer Abdul Wahab Abdullah.
“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,” he added.
The collaboration is a win-win situation where ACT will benefit from the technical knowledge, experience and expertise shared by Mimos, while Malaysian industries can benefit through the new market opportunities in Sudan, Mimos said in its statement.
“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,” Abdul Wahab said.
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