3 African Countries Win World Bank Grants for ICT Development

The World Bank has approved a total of $92 million worth of grants for information and technology communications-focused projects in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Gambia.

Burkina Faso is set to receive $23 million, Guinea will get $34 million and Gambia is receiving $35 million as part of a West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program, or WARCIP, recently endorsed by the World Bank’s executive board.

The grants will be used to address connectivity gaps and fund the deployment of broadband networks across the three countries. The money will also be used for initiatives to reduce the cost of communication services.

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