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H.E President Olusegun Obasanjo proposes Nigeria to host the African Regional Office of the Digital Solidarity Fund

H.E President Olusegun Obasanjo proposes Nigeria to host the African Regional Office of the Digital Solidarity Fund

At the high level segment (interactive session) on the Digital Solidarity Fund during the Tunis Phase of the World Summit of the Information Society on 16th November 2005, His Excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria informed that Nigeria has offered to host the African Regional Office of the Digital Solidarity Fund in Abuja and provide office space and supporting staff. He stressed that Africa needs the regional office because of its peculiar disadvantage in the digital revolution. The Regional Office will be tasked with the responsibility of mobilising support for the Digital Solidarity Fund in Africa as well as project monitoring and implementation

It was the President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal who first brought the idea, on behalf of NEPAD, of establishing a Digital Solidarity Fund. Ever since the ideas were articulated under the NEPAD ICT initiative, President Wade has championed the cause of ensuring the inclusion of countries of the South in the emerging Information Society. The Digital Solidarity Fund was inaugurated on 14th March 2005 in Geneva and to date the fund has raised Euro5.5 million in cash and commitments.

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