Gambia advances digital transformation with $180,000 ECOWAS grant

The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (MoCDE) has inked a pivotal $180,000 grant agreement with the ECOWAS Commission, aimed at catalyzing the modernization of government operations and bolstering online services in The Gambia.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ousman Bah, expressed profound gratitude to the ECOWAS Commission for their steadfast support towards The Gambia’s digital transformation agenda. The grant, totaling 16 million dalasis, will play a crucial role in digitizing public services and promoting digital governance across the nation.

Dr. Omar Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission, emphasized that the grant aims to stimulate digital innovation and empower Gambian citizens through enhanced digital infrastructure. Over the past two years, ECOWAS has allocated close to 130 million dalasis in support across various sectors, demonstrating a commitment to fostering growth and development within member states.

Dr. Ismaila Ceesay, Minister of Information, extended gratitude on behalf of President Adama Barrow to the ECOWAS delegation, commending Dr. Touray’s dedication to supporting member states like The Gambia in their pursuit of digital transformation and governance enhancement.

The grant agreement underscores a collaborative effort between The Gambia and ECOWAS to leverage digital technologies for improved service delivery, administrative efficiency, and citizen engagement. This partnership marks a significant step forward in The Gambia’s journey towards a digitally empowered society, positioning the nation as a leader in digital governance within the ECOWAS community.

The MoCDE is poised to spearhead the implementation of transformative initiatives aimed at harnessing the power of digital technologies to drive socio-economic development and improve the overall quality of life for Gambian citizens. The grant will facilitate strategic investments in key digital infrastructure projects that will pave the way for a more inclusive and connected society in The Gambia.

With this latest development, The Gambia reaffirms its commitment to harnessing the potential of digital innovation to address societal challenges and accelerate progress towards sustainable development goals, guided by the principles of inclusivity, transparency, and effective governance.

The ECOWAS grant represents a tangible investment in The Gambia’s digital future, unlocking new opportunities for growth and prosperity across the nation.

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