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23 Feb 2020

Connecting Sub-Saharan Africa: A World Bank Group Strategy for Information and Communication Technology Sector Development

Author: Pierre Guislain, Mavis A. Ampah, Laurent Besancon, Cecile Niang, and Alexandre Serot
This paper outlines a strategy for information and communication technologies (ICT) development in Sub-Saharan Africa that will further the reform agenda to facilitate deployment of ICT infrastructure, and encourage the development community to support African governments in this regard. The strategy is composed of three pillars: the core reform agenda (market liberalization, regulation, capacity building, privatization, and postal sector reform), addressing market failures (rural access, national backbone, and post-conflict countries), and ICT for development applications (e-commerce, e-government, and civil society applications). To make the case for sector reform, t he report reviews the benefits of telecommunications reforms in the regio



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