Digital Economy: Togo prepares to be one of Africa’s giants, World Bank’s Diagana says

Friday, 29 October 2021 17:23
Digital Economy: Togo prepares to be one of Africa’s giants, World Bank’s Diagana says

(Togo First) - Presently in Togo on an official visit, Ousmane Diagana, Vice President of World Bank for Central and West Africa, was at the Lomé Data Center - the country’s first-tier III-certified data center - on Oct. 29.

Diagana visited the facility, among others, with Cina Lawson, the Togolese Minister of the digital economy, Coralie Gevers, the World Bank’s chief of operations in Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, and Togo, and Awa Cissé Wagué, representative of the Bretton Woods institution in Togo.

Besides presenting the infrastructure, Lawson showcased Togo’s ambitions regarding the digital industry, while pointing out issues faced in the power sector, especially in the clean power sector. 

"Togo is digitizing rapidly, and I think it's time for us to establish sustainable models," said the Togolese minister, adding that "we would like some of the good things we do in Togo to also be exported and recognized elsewhere.”

"I think that through this kind of initiative, Togo is preparing to be one of Africa’s giants in this digital economy era, not only to develop its economy but also to serve as a model that can inspire others to have similar ambitions," said for his part, Ousmane Diagana. 

"We are very happy, as a partner institution of the World Bank Group, to be associated with this project. This is the beginning of an adventure, and we must ensure that it is successful," he added.

Located at the heart of the administrative zone in Lomé, the Lomé Data Center spreads over one hectare. It was built using a CFA12.7 billion financing provided by the World Bank, under the WARCIP regional development program

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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