Dubai, January 12, 2017: Digital CASA Afghanistan is a first of a regional series of projects program, which aims to implement a regional, cross-border approach to improve broadband Internet connectivity in the landlocked countries in Central Asia and South Asia by catalyzing private sector investment and cross-sector infrastructure sharing and modernizing relevant policies. The project aims to increase access to digital services throughout Afghanistan, via a regionally integrated, secure and affordable digital infrastructure, including the expansion of e-Government services and digital job opportunities; it will also support regional integration objectives of improved communications between Central Asia and South Asia countries, and contribute to creating a Europe-to-Asia transit hub for international connectivity.
A seminar was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on January 12 and 13 on the facilitation of the project in Afghanistan. The attendees included a delegation from Afghanistan from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Presidential Office (AOP), Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; other groups present in the seminar included members from the USAID, IFC and the World Bank.
The Seminar was an in-depth discussion between the delegations on the finalization of the CASA Digital Afghanistan Project text and its implementation in Afghanistan. The aim of the project is to expand and strengthen the Regional and National level broadband connectivity based on Optical Fiber Networks, boost up digital society and economy through e-Governance initiatives and to prepare an enabling environment for the growth of ICT Sector in Afghanistan. With the Digital CASA Afghanistan Project there will be an expansion and strengthening of broadband connectivity in Central Asia and South Asia region including Afghanistan. Consequently this will expand e-Government services between government institutions, government and the private sector and citizens.
The parties agreed to finalize the unresolved issues; the World Bank will be preparing the final text and circulate it amongst the participants of the meeting.