US$20 Million needed for ICT Task Force in Sierra Leone

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The national information and communication technology (ICT) task force and E-readiness survey officially launched last week by Sierra Leone’s vice president needs a whooping US$20 million for its implementation.

Alhaji Samuel Sam-Sumana told his audience at the British Council Hall in Freetown that the ICT would enhance the activities of government and that his government is working with the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) to facilitate the implementation of the project.

The project would provide strategic recommendations on the enabling policies in the ICT sector. The NICT-TF is a public-private-peoples partnership that reflects the President's vision as he adopts information and communication technologies (ICT) as a priority agenda of his government, in recognition of the pivotal role ICT can play in achieving Sierra Leone's aspiration for improved socio-economic status in today's global society.

According to the Vice President, information sharing was a vital aspect which would bring success in the aspirations of the government, adding that the sum of US$20 million has been estimated to run the project. "We need support from donors and our international partners for the project to be successful. The ICT has been the priority agenda of the government," he said.

Concord Times