Whale Cloud (rebranded from ZTEsoft) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ghanaian government on innovative city development at the headquarters of Alibaba Group.
The MoU was signed in behalf of each party by the CEO of Whale Cloud, Ben Zhou and the Minister for Communications of the Republic of Ghana, Ursula Owusu Ekuful.
Using cutting-edge technologies and solutions developed by Whale Cloud and Alibaba Cloud, the agreement will reinforce mutual cooperation, fuel innovation and smart city development in Ghana.
Under the MoU, Whale Cloud will form a strategic partnership with Ghana’s Ministry of Communications, and deliver its Innovative City solutions to resolve the challenges brought on by the rapid urbanisation in Accra.
The Innovative City solutions will help launch rich industrial applications quickly, on the platform of a unified operation center, using cloud architecture, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Artificial Intelligence technology jointly developed by Whale Cloud and Alibaba Cloud.
The unified operation center includes e-Government, ET City Brain, Mobile Payment and a Unified Media Center etc., which can help the government solve urban governance issues with the support of machine learning and AI algorithms.
It will also help improve the efficiency of governance and lower the costs of government operations in order to transform Accra into an innovative and digitalized city.
Whale Cloud and Alibaba Cloud will also provide strategic and professional advice to transform the e-commerce landscape and help e-commerce business development in Ghana to flourish.
Ursula Owusu Ekuful said building connected and tech-driven urban areas was important to the country’s rapid urbanization.
“We look forward to working with Whale Cloud and Alibaba Cloud to utilise ICT innovations to improve the quality of life of citizens, and ipromote efficiency, transparency, expedite the provision of services to citizens while reducing the opportunities for corruption”, she added.
“We will work with tried and tested partners like Alibaba to make Ghana a digital and dynamic country for citizens, businesses and investors.”
Zhou, expressed pleasure in partnering the Ministry of Communications to leverage Whale Cloud’s expertise and industry-proven solutions to make Accra an innovative city.
He added, “We will help Ghana lead the way in digital economy and accelerate its journey towards sustainable prosperity.”