Uganda: US$ 75 Million for Infrastructure Program
Uganda has secured funding worth US$ 75 Million from the International Development Association, IDA of the World Bank to finance of the Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (RCIP) Phase 5 – Uganda Project.
The RCIP Uganda project is a 6 year programme that aims to transform public service delivery using Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to improve the lives of Ugandans. The project was designed, approved and became effective on 26th May, 2016.
To this end the RCIP project will support the Government of Uganda in improving coverage of its IT infrastructure and integration of its systems, the delivery of public services by improving efficiency through government cloud infrastructure, building capacity in management of IT programs and projects and to improve the policy and regulatory environment.
The RCIP Uganda project will further complement existing ICT initiatives in the country, including the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) and private sector investment by helping to bridge the financing and technical gaps.
A regional approach will help to mitigate the impact for landlocked countries which must rely on transiting traffic through neighbouring countries and enhance the viability of infrastructure increasing volume of traffic leading to reducing prices and improving regional affordability of broadband.
Uganda becomes the 8th African Country to benefit from this initiative, which aims to help address the regions connectivity constraints. Other countries that have already benefited from the initiative include, Kenya, Burundi, Madagascar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi and Comoros.