The World Bank has given about US$424 million to Eastern and Southern African countries for a program designed to improve regional communication infrastructure and increase the deployment of e-government.
The program will complement the submarine fiber cable projects being developed along the east coast of Africa, which will link the region into the global communication network. The Rwandan government has received $24 million of the World Bank funds to develop a national capacity to provide broadband services. The funds, according to the World Bank, were approved under the International Development Agency, a concessional lending arm of the bank. World Bank releases $4 million for online content in Kenya. “The money will also improve the delivery of public and private services, particularly in rural areas. The regional communication infrastructure program in Rwanda is expected to promote investment and competition among local licensed operators and ISPs (Internet service providers), which will be selected to implement the project activities through a competitive bidding process. The World Bank has also released $4 million to Kenya to support online content generation for the government and private sector.