Kathmandu: The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved $140
million for the Digital Nepal Acceleration (DNA) Project to expand access to broadband and engage more
people in the digital economy.
Faris Hadad-Zervos, World Bank Country Director said that the project will support the implementation of the Digital Nepal Framework, the country’s digital economy strategy that was announced by the Government in 2019.
The project will improve access to high-quality and affordable broadband services, especially for people and businesses in rural areas.
It will also support and secure the delivery of digital government services through improvements in Nepal’s data infrastructure and cybersecurity.
Specific activities will seek to boost internet use, digital skills and entrepreneurship, and access to digital services by women, ethnic and social minorities, and persons with disabilities.
The project will also create better job opportunities for about 1,500 people by
providing digital skills development training.
The DNA project is financed by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA).