Africa's ICT revolution 'is just beginning'

4 February 2011

The World Bank Group has launched a consultation regarding a new strategy for ICT expansion in Africa and other developing countries.

Managing director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala explains: "You just have to be in any developing country and you'll see the power of ICT."

The International Finance Corporation has provided investments worth over $3.2 billion (£1.97 billion) for the sector across a range of countries and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency has also confirmed 38 investment guarantees, 12 of which are in Africa.

Philippe Dongier, manager of the bank's ICT sector, says: "The information technology revolution is just beginning."

Certain parts of the continent already benefit from good-quality communications, as the Daily Telegraph recently confirmed in an interview with the president of Rwanda.

Paul Kagame said the communications infrastructure in the nation has greatly improved in recent years, making certain internet systems in parts of the country superior to those in rural Britain.

Category: ICT

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