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New Stats Shows Senegal’s ICT Contributed to 8.7% of Country’s National GDP

In Senegal, information and communication technologies (ICT) occupy a prominent place in the formation of GDP. For the year 2016, it stands at 8.7%.

The statistics were provided by Mayacine Camara, the Coordinator of the Planning and Economic Policy Branch (PPBB). It was during a foresight workshop on the digital economy for inclusive growth in Senegal.

Mayacine Camara further informs that the ICT development index for Senegal has improved considerably between 2015 and 2016. Subregional leader, the DGPPE informs that the implementation of the strategy “Digital Senegal 2025”, will consolidate this Headlining position and will further wear the area.

From the same source, we learn that the digital divide has been considerably reduced in the country. As such, the Senegalese executive has started the implementation of the Digital Technology Park (PTN) project to develop 25 hectares on the urban pole of Diamniadio, in the wish to constitute a platform of international class of innovation and the development of digital services.

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“Today, the digitalisation of the economy is a trend phenomenon to dematerialize the economy by relying on digitization technologies. With this in mind, our tax, customs and treasury colleagues have begun an irreversible process on e-tax, e-spending and e-mail, “says Mayacine Camara.

According to him, the Senegalese Minister of Finance is committed to continuing this dynamic to better meet the needs of citizens, financial partners and foreign investors. However, he recalled the challenges ahead. It is about taking into account, in the country’s education and vocational training system, the process of digitization, with a view to a “better match between supply and demand for employment”.

“We will also have to ask ourselves questions relating to the transition between micro-computing and artificial intelligence, which will certainly be a revolution in tomorrow’s digital foresight. It will also be necessary to define a framework of responsibility for private entities ready to support our plans, through the 2025 Senegal digital strategy, “he concluded.

According to McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the government of Senegal was one of the first on the continent to invest in fiber optics and promote the deployment of cybercafés. The Institute also highlights the country’s resources for the digitization of education, public administration and health care.

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