Mozambique Digital Acceleration Project (WB-P176459)

  • Mozambique
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jun 24, 2022
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Mozambique
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 200.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 200.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jun 23, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Mar 1, 2021

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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

According to bank documents, the project objective is to increase digital adoption and inclusion, and to support the foundations for accelerated digital transformation.

The project has four components:

  1. Component 1: Digital Access and Inclusion Component 1 aims to expand digital access and inclusion to ensure that all Mozambicans can benefit from the digital revolution – by (i) making Mozambique a more attractive and competitive place for digital investment, and (ii) expanding availability, affordability and uptake of digital services and technologies, particularly in rural areas, underserved communities and among disadvantaged groups. Interventions under this component will target both the supply side, through broadband market reforms in support of increased access and affordability as well as targeted investments to boost last-mile network coverage, and, in parallel, the demand side, through local access schemes to tackle the major barriers that hamper greater uptake and growing demand of digital tools and services.

    1. Subcomponent 1.1: Enabling environment for digital investment, inclusion and resilience This subcomponent aims to strengthen the enabling environment for the telecom/broadband market to drive

      competition, investment, service quality and affordability while strengthening climate resilience and mitigating the climate and environmental impact of digital infrastructure, services and devices.

    2. Subcomponent 1.2: Rural digital connectivity and access. This subcomponent aims to address last mile broadband network infrastructure and services gaps in rural areas and among underserved and vulnerable communities.

    3. Subcomponent 1.3: Digital inclusion initiatives. This subcomponent will aim to accelerate broadband uptake and increase participation and inclusion in the digital economy, by addressing demand-side barriers that hamper greater access to and demand for digital tools and services.

  2. Component 2: Foundations for Accelerated Digital Transformation Component 2 aims to build the critical digital foundations for the government, economy and jobs of the future, including (i) spurring development of digital infrastructure, (ii) better utilization of data for policymaking and service delivery, (iii) improving trust and security of online transactions, sensitive data and infrastructure, and (iv) leveraging digital connectivity and technologies to improve learning outcomes and impart students with digital skills.

    1. Subcomponent 2.1: Core digital service infrastructure. This subcomponent will aim to increase the geographic reach, capacity, reliability, and security of GovNet to improve public administration and digital service delivery, while simultaneously using the government’s purchasing power to spur private investment to develop a unified, robust, open access backbone infrastructure across the country

    2. Subcomponent 2.2: Data governance, data protection and cybersecurity. This subcomponent will aim to (i) improve national data governance arrangements to ensure secure, cost-effective and sustainable data management practices, (ii) strengthen the Government cloud environment to enhance data hosting, accessibility, and integration capabilities, while stimulating development of the data infrastructure and cloud services market, and (iii) enhance cybersecurity

    3. Subcomponent 2.3: Digital solutions for improved learning and digital skills development. Thissubcomponent will support digital transformation of the national education and higher education systems.

  3. Component 3 Project Management, Institutional Coordination and Citizen Engagement. Component 3 will support project management and implementation functions and strengthen the GoM's coordination and management capacity. It will also include support for public communications and citizen engagement.

  4. Component 4: Contingent Emergency Response Component (CERC). This component will support the GoM in swiftly responding to an eligible crisis, including climate or natural disasters and public health emergencies. It provides flexibility for an agile response to unforeseen emergencies through quick disbursement of uncommitted balances from other components.

Investment Description
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World Bank:
Casey Torgusson
Senior Digital Development Specialist

Republic of Mozambique

Implementing Agency:
Ministry of Transport and Communications
Horacio Parquinio
National Communications Director 


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