The 2019 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group will be held from 11-14 June 2019, in Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea. Find out more
The Connect Africa Initiative is a global partnership launched in October 2007 to mobilize the human, financial, and technical resources needed to bridge major gaps in ICT infrastructure across the continent. A total of US$ 55 billion (UA 34.08 billion) has so far been pledged for the development of infrastructure and services necessary to achieve both the ICT-related MDGs and the World Summit on Information Society Action Plan. The Bank Group will play a leading role in the coordination of this initiative.
International Fiber Connectivity
High-speed international connectivity is a major constraint on the delivery of broadband services in Africa. A number of submarine cable backbone projects have been proposed in the recent years with coverage of 70,000 km costal line and estimated cost of US$6.4 billion.
Major fiber projects include:
The absence of regional connectivity between States with access to the submarine cable and landlocked countries and more generally, the scarcity of cross-border backhaul links is one of the key broadband access gaps in Africa.
The absence of national backbone networks is another obstacle to the widespread use of advanced communication services in RMCs. The lack of national backbone infrastructure makes it costly and not commercially viable to provide communication services beyond the main urban centers.
Substantial challenges still exist in the development of technology neutral and convergent licensing regimes, promotion of competition, establishment of fair interconnection rules and tariffs, management of resources such as radio frequency spectrum and numbers, design and execution of universal access strategies and the enforcement of standards. Policy and regulatory intervention that abolish exclusivity on market entry, reduce license fees and simplify licensing procedures as well as those promoting open, transparent and non-discriminatory access to the networks are the foundation for improved national and regional broadband networks. Besides, most RMCs face challenges in new policy areas in particular those pertinent to electronic transaction and cyber security.
See current challenges and issues in:
The Bank has been a key investor in e-application. A number of national, regional and multinational projects that focus on integrated rural development, agriculture, health, education and infrastructure have also benefited from the Bank’s financing over the last fifteen years. These projects have had ICT components that often include provision of hardware and software, systems studies, health/education management information systems and training. In this regard, during 1995-2005, the Bank spent over US$80 million in the form grants and loans to support the application of ICT in health, education and agriculture.
Multilateral Development Banks: