In Senegal, a digital technology park is being built in Diamniadio. According to the Senegalese government, the digital city program was developed in order to develop an urban core where digital services may be used to spur economic growth.
The main purpose of this project is to make Senegal’s new administrative and business capital, Diamniadio, the focal point of the country’s developing digital economy.
The goal is to build a digital platform on a 25-hectare plot of land in Diamniadio’s urban core.
Some multinationals such as ATOS Free and Solution Informatique Durable have expressed interest in locating some of their activities in the future park. This project will help to both diversify and modernize Senegal’s economy and private sector.
The African Development Bank director general for West Africa, Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade said “this project will help diversify and modernize Senegal’s economy and private sector. This park will transform Senegal into a regional digital hub, thus providing digital solutions to already existing industries such as the agricultural sector”. One of the goals is to increase the ICT sector’s share of economic activity from 7% to 10% by 2026.
Asides from the Data center, part of this elaborate project includes business process outsourcing facilities, an ICT incubator, a training center, a research center, and an audio-visual production and content development center. It also provides for institutional support, capacity building and the establishment of a management team responsible for its implementation.
African Development Bank country manager in Senegal, Mr. Cherfi Mohammed said “the ICT sector is one of the most advanced in West Africa and the project will benefit an entire ecosystem. This includes communication service operators, internet service providers, multi-nationals, as well as some 30,000 men and women working in various ICT-related fields such as sales, networking, sales, systems design and software and content development. The innovative solutions which will be developed in the Park will also benefit government entities which will be able to improve the delivery of public services”.
This Future Park is the main bone of contention in the “Digital Senegal 2025” strategy. The Digital Senegal project also aims to create direct and indirect jobs for up to 140,000 citizens.