The COMESA Secretariat & African Development Bank have launched phase 1 of the Africa Cloud Ecosystem Project. The project received a $550,000 grant from the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) Special Fund, to conduct the market analysis and pre-investment study. The Cloud Ecosystem Project aims to increase Internet penetration in Africa by making access to information more affordable and sustainable, while improving digital services.
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have launched the first phase of the Africa Cloud Ecosystem project.
Phase 1 of the Africa Cloud Ecosystem Project
As outlined in an AfDB July 2022 press release, the first phase of the Africa Cloud Ecosystem project was launched on July 13 2022, by COMESA and the AfDB. The project received a $550,000 grant from the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) Special Fund, to help conduct the market analysis and pre-investment study.
“The Africa Cloud Ecosystem project (ACE) will be a first of its kind, laying the foundation to facilitate the African continent to undertake this shift in the key sectors of economy, education, government, agriculture, and health, through the provision of a reliable ecosystem of data centres,” said Raubil Durowoju, African Development Bank, Zambia Country Manager.
Increase internet penetration in Africa
This project will help increase Internet penetration in Africa by making access to information more affordable, sustainable and improve digital services. Most importantly, the project will connect production centres to markets.
“We at the Secretariat, are fully convinced that the development of the Africa Cloud Ecosystem project will increase the sustainability and viability of information. The Africa Cloud Ecosystem will provide a pivotal way of transitioning Africa’s community into a digital economic community,” said Kipyego Cheluget, COMESA Assistant Secretary General – Programmes.
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