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Information and communication technology (ICT): Bridging the Digital Divide in Africa (in French)

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Date: 11/01/2011

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Title: Information and communication technology (ICT): Bridging the Digital Divide in Africa (in French) Author: UA/NEPAD Source: In: Plan of action for Africa UA/NEPAD, 2010-2015: Promoting regional and continental integration in Africa Afrique, p. 29-35Date: 2009

Efforts to bridge the digital gap between Africa and the rest of the world will contribute greatly to the reduction of poverty in the continent and its social and economic development by improving the efficiency and productivity, improving public services, creating jobs, generating knowledge, facilitating trade and regional integration. There is a significant demand for broadband in Africa, because rapid increase of the use of mobile voice communications so far (in spite of their relatively high price and their availability in many parts of the region) shows the value that people attach to communications technology. The programme for the development of infrastructure in Africa (PIDA) will undertake a complete study of the scientific infrastructures in the ICT sector and will guide these activities in the future. PIDA examines an integrated set of priorities for the ICT infrastructure of the continent between 2010 and 2015.