Togo: Government and BBOXX ink deal to boost access to smartphones

Economic governance
Wednesday, 06 October 2021 15:52
Togo: Government and BBOXX ink deal to boost access to smartphones

(Togo First) - The Togolese government signed with BBOXX, a British startup, a memorandum of understanding to boost access to smartphones in the country. The MoU, inked on Sept. 27, concerns a project called Togo Smartphone, which enables a flexible payment of smartphones.

Under the agreement, BBOXX will first proceed to a market study to find out people’s needs and preferences. The pilot phase will follow and here, the British firm will supply the phones to civil servants and public workers. In the last phase of the program, anyone will be able to get a smartphone on a Pay-As-You-Go basis. 

Cina Lawson, Togolese minister for the digital economy, said the program is "crucial to achieve the government’s targets regarding financial inclusion and to provide populations more digital services like the Novissi." 

The program should also make it easier to get criminal records, as this can be done online since last August.

BBOXX has been operating in Togo since 2017. It supplies solar systems to households on a Pay-As-You-Go basis. In 2020, it signed an agreement with EDF, the French power developer, to supply solar-powered irrigation systems to 5,000 farmers.

Esaïe Edoh

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