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Uganda ICT project gets US$75 million injection

March 11, 2009 • Mobile and Telecoms

Uganda has received a pledge of a US$75 million investment into its Rural Transformation project from the World Bank.

The financier is assisting the country with the second phase of the project, which will see easier access to information and communications technology by rural communities in the country.

Says Paul Baringanire, World Bank (Uganda) power engineer: “This project is a follow-up of the ERT 1(Energy for Rural Transformation Phase 1). Through it, we want to increase access to renewable energy and information communication technologies (ICTs) to rural communities in order to contribute to the productivity of businesses and the quality of life of rural households.”

Much of the country’s rural people either have poor or no access to ICT technologies and services. Speaking in Kampala, Baringanire said that the project would also assist rural entrepreneurs with access to previously unreachable markets.

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