China helps pay for electronic governance in Cabo Verde

17 January 2017

China will lend US$13 million to Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) for the second phase of the Electronic Governance programme (E-GOV II), a project that involves the installation of a local network in schools, public institutions and hospitals, as part of an agreement signed in the Cape Verdean capital, Praia.

Pan-African news agency PANA said the preferential loan was intended to finance the construction of a Training Centre for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

China will also provide US$2 million in grants, to be applied in the same programme.

Completion of the second phase of E-GOV II includes repairing existing networks and their expansion, Wi-Fi coverage in schools, hospitals and other institutions, as well as the installation of 18 kilometres of fibre optic cable, new equipment and video conferencing systems on all the islands.

The Cabo Verde National Director of Political Affairs and Cooperation, Manuel Ney Cardoso, said the first phase of the Electronic Governance project, also developed in partnership with China, was “well carried out” and contributed to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public administration on the archipelago. (macauhub)