Côte d’Ivoire has disclosed the construction of a data centre as well as the development of a 7000 km national fibre optic network by 2025.
According to Amadou Coulibaly, Minister of Communication and the Digital Economy, these investments will add to others which have been planned as part of the implementation of the national digital development strategy and will contribute to supporting national economic development.
“The fibre optic network and the data centre are the priorities of my department, as they form the foundation of the digital transformation that Côte d’Ivoire wants to fast-track,” he said.
The government of Côte d’Ivoire, in 2021, adopted the national digital development strategy.
Coulibaly highlighted the seven pillars of the strategy, which include digital infrastructure, digital financial services, digital services, the business environment in the digital economy sector, digital skills, innovation, digital trust and cybersecurity.
According to the World Bank, the digital economy could bring the country over US$5.5 billion by 2025 and more than US$20 billion by 2050.
However, this can only happen if the private sector and the public authorities strengthen the investments in the five fundamental pillars of digital, which include infrastructure, entrepreneurship, platforms, financial services, and skills.