World Bank accelerates digital revolution in Djibouti
DJIBOUTI – The global lender The World Bank approved $ 10 million through the International Development Association [IDA] aimed at the world’s poorest countries, which would help transform Djibouti’s digital economy.
For years, Djibouti has strived to transform itself into a digital hub in the Horn of Africa through internet connectivity in data markets. The country has received support from the United States and the European Union.
The new digital foundations project aims to ensure that more citizens and businesses have access to a quality and affordable internet by developing an environment conducive to the gradual introduction of competition and private sector investment in technology for the environment. information and communication. [ICT], and encouraging the uptake of digital skills and services.
Observers say the project is aligned with Djibouti’s new National Partnership Framework and Vision 2035, which recognize the role of ICTs in economic growth.
“Accelerating digital transformation in Djibouti is an urgent need for post-COVID-19 recovery,” said Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh, Djibouti Minister of Economy and Finance in charge of Industry. “Stimulating economic growth, innovation and job creation through technology is an opportunity that will benefit present and future generations. “
The new funding will strengthen the capacities of the public sector, in particular the Ministry of Communication, in charge of Posts and Telecommunications, the delegate ministry in charge of the Digital Economy and Innovation, and the Multisectoral Regulatory Authority of Djibouti, to promote digital. economy and market competition.
“COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of digital technologies,” said Boubacar-Sid Barry, World Bank resident representative in Djibouti. “With this new project, the Bank is supporting Djibouti in its efforts to address vulnerabilities and create an environment conducive to the development of an inclusive and secure digital economy.
The project will also support the development of digital skills programs for entrepreneurs and the integration of basic digital skills into school and university curricula. It is expected that the project will benefit all segments of the Djiboutian economy and society, including the public and private sectors, women, youth and underserved rural populations. Citizen engagement will be an essential component of the program.
According to Eric Dunand and Tim Kelly, team co-leaders, “The project will help Djibouti to exploit its digital potential. A high-performing digital economy in Djibouti, based on a well-developed ICT sector, will have many advantages. The use of digital technologies will help the government to improve service delivery, offer young people more employment opportunities and entrepreneurs more business opportunities in diverse economic sectors.
Djibouti is home to the US Africa Command, which is responsible for strengthening security and socio-economic development. In addition, China is establishing a military base in the country to help compete with the United States for African resources.
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