Strathmore University and Zanzibar eGovernment Agency announce a strategic partnership for Technological Advancement

5rd October 2023, Nairobi Kenya: Zanzibar eGovernment Agency (eGAZ), a public institution
responsible for coordinating, overseeing, and promoting e-government initiatives as well as
enforcing e-Government related policies, laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines for public
institutions, are pleased to announce a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with
@iLabAfrica-Strathmore University.

The two organizations will work together on various initiatives designed to revolutionize the
digital landscape and drive progress across multiple key areas. They have established a
collaborative framework with the aim of facilitating the exchange of technology, knowledge,
research, and innovation.

This partnership will lead to the creation of a state-of-the-art data center, a facility that will play
an important role in ensuring the reliability, security, and accessibility of critical government data
and services. The two institutions will seek to improve high-speed broadband connectivity within
the region, a crucial infrastructure component for the seamless delivery of digital services to the
public as well as provide valuable insights to the government agency that can inform and enrich
other strategic initiatives.

@iLabAfrica-Strathmore University has been tasked to design, develop, and implement the
Unified Government Platform (UGP-eCitizen)Services, a transformative initiative that promises
to provide an array of digital services to Zanzibar’s citizens, merchants, businesses, tourists, and
residents. The UGP-eCitizen Services will serve as a one-stop digital hub, simplifying access to
essential government services and information. This project will also entail the establishment of
a national QR code standard and a unique identification system designed to enhance the security
and efficiency of e-service transactions conducted through the UGP.

During the signing Emmanuel Kweyu, Deputy Director at @iLabAfrica, stated, “this is an
exciting opportunity to collaborate with eGAZ to advance digital services and infrastructure in
Zanzibar. This partnership highlights @iLabAfrica’s commitment to actively promote innovation
and foster the exchange of knowledge to enhance delivery of government services.”
Said Sief Said, Executive Director of the Zanzibar Internet Agency, added, “eGAZ is dedicated
to improving the digital landscape in Zanzibar. Our collaboration with @iLabAfrica will bring
fresh insights and expertise to our initiatives, ultimately benefiting the citizens and businesses of

The signing took place at @iLabAfrica- Strathmore university. In attendance was Dr. Joseph
Sevilla, Director of @iLabAfrica, Jevis Omondi Okoth, Lead Consultant Fintech and Exponential
Technologies at eGAZ, Dr Bill Kiwia, PhD, Commissioner Public Private Partnerships,
Government of Zanzibar and @iLabAfrica head of departments.

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