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Liquid Intelligent Technologies Zambia Signs MOU with UNDP to provide connectivity to Mukuba UniPod

Lusaka, Zambia, 11 March 2024: Liquid Intelligent Technologies (Liquid), a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group, is pleased to announce that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to provide fibre internet connection to the Mukuba UniPod, an innovation lab located in the Copperbelt university in Kitwe. The MoU was signed at the official launch of the UniPod, which also saw over 20 innovators showcasing their ideas.

“This partnership reiterates Liquid Zambia’s commitment to advancing equitable, quality education in Zambia and promoting innovation among students in the country. This is in line with the Zambian government’s digital agenda, and our core vision of ensuring that no African is left behind in the digital age. By joining forces with UNDP and Copperbelt University, who share our vision, we are empowering the country’s students with the skills and tools they need to succeed in the rapidly transforming job market,” said Mark Townsend, CEO of LiquidIntelligent Technologies Zambia. 

“The Mukuba UniPod presents an opportunity to young Zambians looking to channel their curiosities, skills and ideas into innovative solutions that will contribute to sustainable development in the country. It was therefore essential to provide connectivity in the space, making the Mukuba UniPod a portal to the abundant resources, people and networks they would need to ideate, create and market their solutions. The partnership between UNDP and Liquid is a great step towards enhancing the connectivity of the hub and nurturing creativity and experimentation within its walls,” James Wakiaga, Resident Representative for UNDP Zambia.

As the 11th UniPod in Africa, the Mukuba UniPod forms part of UNDP’s Timbuktoo innovation network, providing opportunities for collaboration across African countries, and building an innovation ecosystem on the continent. The importance of such innovation hubs in driving economic growth and creating a dynamic ecosystem that attracts investment and talent, is evidenced by Zambia’s creation of a dedicated National Technology Business Centre, a statutory body under the Ministry of Technology and Science, to support the country’s entrepreneurs and innovators. 

The Mukuba UniPod, funded by UNDP, serves as a dedicated space for students from Copperbelt university and all surrounding colleges in the region to foster innovation, scientific inquiry, and collaboration. Students are exposed to design thinking, software and equipment for prototyping, and enhanced skills in digital fabrication, while faculty members work closely with students on design projects that could be developed into commercially viable products.  

By supplying connectivity for the Mukuba UniPod, Liquid Zambia is demonstrating the power of public-private partnerships in driving positive change, supporting innovation in education, accelerating Zambia’s digital transformation, and ensuring that students have the tools necessary to thrive in the digital age. 

About Liquid Intelligent Technologies  

Liquid Intelligent Technologies is a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group with operations in over 25 countries in Africa. Liquid has firmly established itself as the leading provider of pan-African digital infrastructure with a 110,000 km-long fibre broadband network and satellite connectivity that provides high-speed access to the Internet anywhere in Africa. Liquid is also leveraging its digital network to provide Cloud and Cyber Security solutions through strategic partnerships with leading global players. Liquid is a comprehensive technology solutions group that provides customised digital solutions to public and private sector enterprises and SMEs across the continent.

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