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Congo allocates $63.9mln to boost digital transformation in 2024

Friday, 31 May 2024 18:21
Congo allocates $63.9mln to boost digital transformation in 2024

(Ecofin Agency) - The Congo's digital transformation acceleration project, officially launched in January 2023 and supported by the World Bank with $100 million in funding, moves forward with a budget of 38.7 billion CFA francs ($63.9 million) for FY2024.

On May 28, the Steering Committee of the Digital Transformation Acceleration Project (PATN) approved this budget. The PATN aims to implement 57 projects in 2024, focusing on providing high-speed internet access to public administrations, universities, secondary schools, and rural areas.

"The government relies on this project to achieve its digital transformation objective as outlined in the 2022-2026 National Development Plan (PND). One of the project's goals is to increase access to high-speed internet for underserved populations and enhance the public sector's ability to benefit from quality digital services," stated Fernand Sosthène Likouka, a member of the PATN steering committee.

Launched officially in January 2023, the PATN receives backing from the World Bank. It aligns with the Congolese government's objective to promote equitable access to digital services for all citizens, in line with the national digital transformation strategy "Congo Digital 2025". Additionally, the government aims to leverage ICT to foster the country's socioeconomic development.

The implementation of the planned projects for this year is expected to enhance people's access to the internet and digital services. According to statistics from the Post and Electronic Communications Regulatory Agency (ARPCE), Congo had 3.4 million internet subscribers in 2023, with a penetration rate of 59.7%. The country also counted 5.9 million mobile phone subscribers.





 
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