Microsoft South Africa has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the city of Johannesburg to participate in driving the city’s Smart City project.

The MOU was signed on Tuesday June 23, 2015, Techcentral reports. Johannesburg and Microsoft will explore methods of partnering on several programmes and initiatives aimed at helping both parties achieve mutual goals.

“Microsoft continues offering value to small and emerging businesses, particularly in the digital entrepreneurial space,” said Mr Ali Faramawy, Microsoft Corporate Vice President.

The goals of the Johannesburg smart city include skills development, job development, promotion of Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMME’s) and attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) with support from Microsoft.

“This includes a number of programmes that provide support ranging from free or very low cost software – to online business support tools to physical locations where entrepreneurs can operate,” Mr Ali added.

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