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Microsoft launches AppFactory at Dzaleka Refugee Camp

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Government says it will provide a conducive environment for technology innovations for the socio economic development of the country.

Microsoft, Government and U.S Embassy share a moment at the launch. Microsoft, Government and U.S Embassy share a moment at the launch.

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi said this at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa when his Ministry in conjunction with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, launched an AppFactory commissioned by Microsoft.

Dausi said the AppFactory is a basis that will develop technology solutions to develop, not only the refugees but also the nation, to improve the challenges faced in the health, education and agriculture sectors.

“I have made a passionate submission to Microsoft so that the masses benefit from the program. The host country must have a peripheral advantage as our friends in the refugee camp. We want to take a precedent on how our young men and women are taken care of in the technology world,” remarked Dausi.

Lutz Ziob, Dean of 4Afrika Academy at Microsoft Entrepreneurship in Africa said the AppFactory will among others allow refugees and the surrounding communities to have access to modern technology, to develop and initiate applications that will transform lives of people in refugee camp in the academics, business and life in general.

“The skills that we need nowadays in the modern world are technologically rich. We need people who understand and can build solutions through software development that we can all benefit and induce. We will give young people that will participate a language to change lives in the 21st Century,” said Ziob.

The AppFactory is the first of its kind to be established in a refugee camp by Microsoft and other partners in the technology factory.

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