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Unleashing ICT to Connect, Innovate, and Transform Economies

Africa’s growth performance has improved remarkably during the last decade. One of the key contributors to this impressive progress has been the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), which is creating new business and investment opportunities for national and regional economic development.

Mobile technology innovations and the widespread liberalization of telecommunications markets have stimulated over US$56 billion in private sector investment in the continent between 1998 and 2008 and led to an unprecedented increase in access to telephone services.

Africa has become the fastest growing region in the global cellular market, going from less than 2 million mobile phones in use in 1998 to over 400 million today.



Oct. 10, 2011 witnessed the launching of a submarine cable landing site on Freetown Beach, Sierra Leone.  This World Bank project will connect Sierra Leone to the ACE (Africa Coast to Europe) cable system Read more.

Digital Africa 

How to Create an East African Business Engine for SMEs  

M-PESA and Kenya's Telecom Revolution 

Ethiopia Fights Poverty with ICT

From the Blogs

Community Mapping & Open Development in Dar Es Salaam
Joshua Goldstein, Sept. 18, 2011

How technology can enable rapid responses to acute poverty events
Randeep Sudan, December 30, 2010

Kenya’s telecom revolution and the impact of mobile money
Wolfgang Fengler,  December 2, 2010

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The ICT Sector is setting its strategy for the next 5 years. Find out more at ICT Sector Strategy 

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