On 11 November 2021, the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) and World Education Services (WES) signed a partnership agreement during a Groningen Declaration Network’s (GDN’s) Annual Meeting and Conference on International Student Mobility and Digital Citizenship held in Ottawa, Canada from 10 to 12 November 2021.
The agreement is aimed at facilitating qualifications recognition for refugees and displaced people in South Africa. A team from Fliptin Technologies represented the blockchain-based notarisation start-up, Certtin, the only Africa digital credentialing start-up present at the conference.
On 12 November 2021, the South African High Commissioner to Canada, Ms Sibongiseni Dlamini-Mntambo met with the team, which included, Ms Lee Chana, Co-founder at Certtin Digital Credential and AI Africa, Mr Abu Cassim, Head of Jozi Angels and Co-founder at Certtin, Mr Mustapha Zaouini, CEO at Fliptin Start-up Studio and Cofounder at Certtin and Ms Esther Benjamin, CEO of World Education Service (WES) and ex-CEO at Monash, South Africa to brief her of their visit.
The delegation will also be visiting Toronto and Montreal from 13 to 20 November 2021 to meet with local partners and institutions.