The Digital Agenda of Cabo Verde, focused on a “new national vision” for broadband, the digital dividend and on analogue complements to transform the country into a Digital Centre, will be implemented in 2020, according to an official statement released on Thursday in Praia.
The project intends to contribute to economic diversification and promote digital technologies included in the Strategic Plan for Sustainable Development for 2018–2030, in sectors such as health, education and transport and to be an effective “accelerator” in the tourism sector.
The Digital Agenda, the statement said, also aims to contribute to the transformation of the country into a digital centre with a view to accelerating the digital economy, through quality digital infrastructure, increased demand for services, and digital skills to improve competitiveness.
The implementation of this agenda, the statement added, will be co–financed by the World Bank, with an amount of US$30 million over five years.
Within the Digital Agenda, the government has created the Special Economic Zones for Technologies, which will be located in the Cabo Verde Technological Park, which includes business centres for incubation, certification and training, an administrative building, auditorium and data centre with hubs in Praia and in Mindelo.
The cost of the Technological Park project, with completion scheduled for mid-2020, is estimated at €35 million and is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Cabo Verde state‘s contribution is around €4 million.