Gabon and World Bank partner to boost digitised public services

Gabon and World Bank partner to boost digitised public services

The Government of Gabon and the World Bank, one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries, have signed a US$68.5 million loan for the Digital Gabon Project.

The aim of the project is to accelerate adoption of digitised public services and increase the number of persons with a unique identity (ID) that facilitates inclusive access to public services.

The operation focuses on creating the enabling environment to accelerate digital transformation, by enhancing legal, regulatory and technological foundations for data protection, cybersecurity and securing data exchange within the public sector.

It will also help modernise legal ID systems, including the digitisation of the civil registration system and providing a unique ID that facilitates inclusive access to public services.

The signatories say that improving legal ID systems and making them easily accessible through a one-stop platform means that Gabonese citizens will have better access to public services such as social protection, health insurance, public procurement and human resource management information systems.

They add that the project aims to address persisting inequalities in access to public services, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable groups, including women and children, undocumented persons, the elderly, persons with disabilities, indigenous groups, displacement-affected populations, and others.

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