World Bank grants ICT funds to Rwanda

22 Oct 2008

The World Bank has granted the government of Rwanda USD24 million to finance the building of broadband infrastructure to around 700 institutions around the country, including schools, health centres and local government offices. The money is part of the World Bank’s USD424 million Regional Communication Infrastructure Programme (RCIP). A spokeswoman for the bank said, ‘The government of Rwanda has a strong commitment to ICT which it has set as the driver towards the accomplishment of the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy.’ The deal was accompanied by a press release from the bank stating, ‘The project will also increase availability of international bandwidth…by ensuring that Rwanda is connected to the [African] East coast submarine fibre-optic cables.’ The domestic network is set to be deployed by licensed telecoms firms and ISPs chosen through a competitive bidding process.