Uganda has secured $200 million from the World Bank to accelerate digital transformation and inclusiveness in the country through a new initiative called the Uganda Digital Acceleration Project-GovNet (UDAP-GovNet).
According to a statement, the UDAP-GovNet project will expand access to high-speed and affordable internet, improve efficiency of digitally enabled public service delivery, and strengthen digital inclusion in Uganda.
The World Bank-funded Uganda digital transformation project will support the extension of about 1,000 km of the national backbone fibre infrastructure and an additional 500 km of fibre optic network will link between towns, mobile broadband connections, service centres in underserved areas and 828 Wi-Fi hotspots in select locations.
Commenting on the UDAP-GovNet project, Tony Thompson, World Bank Country Manager for Uganda said, “Transforming Uganda’s digital infrastructure is an urgent necessity for post-COVID-19 recovery. We look forward to the time when all citizens can access high-quality and low-cost internet, public services online, a digital economy driving growth, innovation and job creation.”
GovNet contributes to the objectives of Digital Uganda Vision and the Digital Transformation Program under the National Development Plan III, added the statement. It will help develop shared platforms for ministries, departments, and agencies to efficiently deliver digitally enabled public services to citizens and businesses throughout the country.
Given the project’s scope, it is anticipated that it will benefit a wide spectrum of beneficiaries, including businesses, rural, unserved and underserved populations, the elderly and persons with disability.
The project is also designed to promote private sector participation using an approach compatible with the Maximizing Finance for Development principles.