BELGIUM TO PROVIDE GHANA 23.6 MLN USD FOR LAST-MILE CONNECTIVITY PROJECT

The government of Belgium will fund the last-mile County Connectivity Project in Kenya to the tune of over 2.4 billion shillings (about 23.6 million US dollars) to enable county governments to be linked to the national government ministries through the National Fiber Optic Infrastructure (NOFBI).

The financial contract for the project was signed at State House Nairobi Tuesday by Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Finance Henry Rotich and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders. President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the signing ceremony and lauded the cordial and bilateral relations between the two countries.

The said the project when completed would enhance government services and ensure accountability of government funds, especially through the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS). It would greatly contribute to transparency and accountability, especially in the county governments.

The County Connectivity Project (CCP) which is in its third phase has been ongoing since 2011.

Phase one was completed in 2013 while phase two is still ongoing. Under phase one, the governments in 28 counties were connected to the National Fiber Optic Infrastructure to the government ministries in Nairobi.

All the 28 counties are fully functioning and connected to Government Common Core Network (GCCN) with all the sites monitored and supported at the Network Operating Centre (NOC) at the National Treasury.

The objective of phase three is to increase number of connected buildings in the country, connect other government buildings within wireless coverage area and also add other connecting areas to National Fiber Optic Infrastructure.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

   

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