The Nepal government has announced the investment of 22 billion in the Digital Nepal Framework project. The funds will be implemented to execute some key projects the popular ICT guide envisions for the country.
Digital Nepal Framework (DNF) is an ambitious and popular guideline that projects a plan to elevate digital literacy and promote ICT growth. It was established in 2019 with the approval of the then Council of Ministers. The Framework carries the driving line of digital transformation in Nepal. And while it has inspired an explosion of ICT growth in recent years, particularly after the love for ‘digital’, the government has not offered a large and tangible investment till today.
After three years, the government has finally announced it is funneling the project with 22 billion rupees. This amount comes in collaboration between the MoCIT and the World Bank. Of the total, the World Bank will invest 17 billion rupees and 5 billion rupees will come in business loans, Gorkhapatra writes.
The ministry has prepared a draft for the scope of the Digital Nepal Framework investment and is seeking suggestions publicly.
MoCIT secretary Baikuntha Aryal says, “The investment will not only help the government bodies, but also the private sector. The discussion to bring in the investment is ongoing.”
The investment comes under several headings. One of them is for the broadband expansion in rural areas which will get 13 billion rupees in funds.
The government will improvise its policies to run down its investment in network expansion. It will also offer subsidies for ISPs to provide weather-resistant high-speed broadband service. In addition, a portion of the investment will go to bring internet to women, students, disabled, and low-income families. The locals will get community-based digital education, the government has planned.
Besides, the government will utilize the investment to buy international bandwidth wholesale.
For integrating the digital economy, the government will spend 61 crores on personal and business loans.
The other initiatives include producing efficient human resources well acquainted with digital education and creating a base for their employment. The entrepreneurs will also get assistance from the government while there is also a plan for an IT park.
The talk of e-government is raging these days and soon Digital Nepal Framework will carry forward this initiative. The government will prepare the base for the creation of digital government. It will supposedly invest 7.70 billion for this project.
This includes digital signature, cyber security regulation framework, and improving the efficiency of the government. There is also a plan for the improvement of the capacity of existing data centers. Besides, project management and coordination will have 12 crores in funding. Do read: The State of 4G Speed in Nepal and its Influencing Factors
Digital Nepal Framework cites 8 areas of digital transformation and 80 recommendations to create a base for it.
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