The Finnish government has signed a deal with South Africa that the government will donate 12 million euros to SA in ICT development aid over a three-year period. The fund will provide support to the SA Provincial Information Society Strategy programme.
The initiative aims to accelerate social and economic development through ICT. The funds will be used to connect provincial government facilities to targeted post offices and Thusong Centres, in the Limpopo and Northern Province, so that communities can access e-government services. Additionally, an ICT development counsellor based at the Finnish Embassy, will engage SA's government to assist them with the roll-out of the ICT infrastructure programme. The project will also require coordination across government departments at national and provincial level.