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PwC, UNDP Sign MOU to Promote Technology Initiatives in Africa

The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, and PwC Nigeria on Wednesday signed a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding, (MOU), to collaborate on strategic initiatives centred on facilitating skills transfer, knowledge and competencies. The first of its kind collaboration in Africais aimed at catalysing development  andpolicy dialogues that connect and link the private and public sectors with the start-up ecosystem.

At the signing ceremony which took place at PwC’s innovation centre, ‘The Experience Centre,’in Lagos, Mohammed Yahya, UNDP Nigeria’s Resident Representative, said the collaboration was to ensure innovative solutions to some of the complex development issues facing the continent, using new technology and data. According to Yahya, “Wwe all need digital solutions, we need technology, and we need new ways of getting data to assist in finding a way to spot entrepreneurs and young Nigerians in becoming part of the larger developmental agenda. So, Ssigning thiseagreement today is a testament to the commitment between the two organisations.”

Explaining the choice of PwC, Yayhya said “Aat theUNDP, we are the development agency of the UN system. PwC on the other hand has experience in providing professional services to clients. The Experience Centre is a hub, a frontier of new opportunities.”

In her comments, the Aassistant Ssecretary Ggeneral and Hhead of, UNDP Africa, AhunnaEziakonwa, said the initiative, which is geared towards achieving the shared objectives of both institutions, will develop the culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and employment creation.

Mr. UyiAkpata, Rregional and Ccountry Ssenior Ppartner at PwC, expressed PwC’s excitement “to be collaborating with the UNDP to solve Africa’s important problems and drive the development of the continent through creative thinking and technologically-enabled approaches.

“Further, this strategic collaboration with the UNDP is in line with our refreshed global strategy, The New Equation.We, in PwC Africa, have six focus areas based on this refreshed strategy. I’m excited to note these focus areas speak directly to achieving the SDGs.Most importantly, one of the focus areas is partnering, to achieve international development goals.The UNDP is arguably the best partner in this regard. So, signing this MOU is a giant step that all adds up to The New Equation,” he said.

Mr Femi Osunubi, Ppartner and Ttechnology Lleader, Wwest market, PwC, described the centre as “the home of disruptive innovation and emerging technologies” as it is a purpose-built space, equipped with interactive digital spaces and a demo lab. He explained that it hosts a cross-functional team of experts who work collaboratively, bringing together the best of business, technology and experience-driven consulting.

“We co-create with clients, solving relevant problems and building remarkable products. Our mission is to help organisations answer questions which are most important to them. We have a team of creative and analytical thinkers that draw insights from research and interactive workshops sessions, andsessions and execute non-traditional consulting experiences for our clients.We are excited to be collaborating with UNDP to solve Africa’s important problems and drive the development of the continent through creative thinking and technology enabled approaches.”

PwC’s Experience Centre was launched in 2020 to accelerate the ability to provide digital-centric services to clients, through a combination of business understanding, human insight, and the power of emerging technology. The centre is driven by the mind-set that today’s business models are being disrupted, and that emerging technology has the potential to transform an organisation as technology is critical to help you adapt and innovate.