Afghanistan Digital CASA Project (WB-P156894)

  • Afghanistan
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Mar 28, 2018
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Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
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  • Communications
  • Law and Government
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 51.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 51.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Sep 9, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Jun 21, 2016

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Project Description

The Digital CASA Regional Program will be implemented as a Series of Projects (SOP), sharing a common framework, but with each country’s project independent of the others in the program. The proposed aim of the project is to implement a regional, cross-border approach to develop a regional transit hub for Internet traffic and improve broadband Internet connectivity in Central Asia and parts of South Asia by catalyzing private sector investments and cross-sector infrastructure sharing.

The project comprises of the following four components:

Component 1: Regional and Domestic Connectivity

This component aims to crowd-in private sector investments to improve regional and domestic fiber-optic connectivity infrastructure, connect public institutions and priority target groups to the Internet at affordable rates, and bring down the overall cost of Internet services.

Component 2: e-Government

This component will: (a) establish critical e-Government foundations that comprise the government Cloud, common e-service enablers, and the Disaster Recovery Data Center; and (b) deliver socioeconomic benefits to the citizens and businesses by enhancing the national portal and developing prioritized e-services.

Component 3: Enabling Environment (Policy and Regulatory Frameworks)

This component will address the policy, legal, and regulatory modifications needed, such as the development of a national broadband policy and issuance of appropriate decree to implement Open Access Policy.

Component 4: Project Management and Institutional Strengthening

This component will finance project management as well as institutional strengthening and capacity  development activities.

Investment Description
  • World Bank (WB)
Contact Information

World Bank

Contact:Rajendra Singh
Title:Senior Regulatory Specialist

Contact:Abdul Hameed Khalili
Title:Operations Officer

Contact:Junko Narimatsu
Title:ICT Policy Specialist


Name:Ministry of Finance
Contact:Dr. Mohammad Khalid Payendah
Title:Deputy Minister of Finance

Implementing Agencies

Name:Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT); Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Kabul
Contact:Shahzad Aryobee


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