Gabon: U.S. investors offer support for digital transformation

By : Samira Njoya

Date : vendredi, 24 mars 2023 14:47

Gabon’s digital transformation strategy provides for the creation of several digital infrastructures to develop the ICT industry.  Several players have recently sent proposals to help the government successfully implement that strategy. 

The Gabonese Minister of Digital Economy, Jean Pierre Doukaga Kassa, received Thursday, an American delegation led by Dilawar Syed, Special Representative to the United States Office of Economic and Business Affairs.

On social media, the Ministry of Digital Economy said that the delegation came "to [express] U.S. [companies’] will to support  Gabon in its major digital investment projects.”

The two parties reviewed the areas of cooperation between Gabon and the U.S., but also U.S. companies’ support in the development of the Gabonese digital ecosystem through the construction of infrastructure (backbone and data center), innovation (start-up and training), as well as the improvement of the legislative and regulatory framework specifically in the fight against cybercrime and cybersecurity.

The visit comes in a context where Gabon is working to further develop its digital sector so that it can make a greater contribution to the transformation of its economy. Since 2009, through the strategic plan Emerging Gabon 2025, the government is working to make Gabon a model in the African digital sector by 2025. 

Over the past few months, the country is visited by foreign investors who are offering to support the country in achieving its goal.  Earlier this month, the Minister of Digital Economy also received a delegation of Indian businessmen who offered their expertise for the construction of data centers in the country.

On Twitter, Dilawar Syed said that the visit of U.S. investors comes in the wake of the U.S.-Africa summit and responds to the willingness of U.S. President Joe Biden to assist African countries in their digital transformation.

Samira Njoya


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