Both the World Bank and its private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are to supply finance for a system which can revolutionise African telecoms (see previous EASSy reports on Developing Telecoms).
IFC officials have conducted far-reaching negotiations with stakeholders and share their fellow stake-holders' optimism that more international organisations will come up with plans to assist EASSy. While the structure of the project has been agreed on by the relevant governments, the New Partnership for
The movement towards consensus has accelerated since agreement on procedures was attained at a recent meeting in
* EASSy intends to connect over 20 coastal and land-locked countries in Eastern and Southern Africa: Burundi, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. March 2008 is the deadline for services to commence.