The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MINPOSTEL) is jointly preparing with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) and the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries (MINEPIA),
the Project to Accelerate Digital Transformation in Cameroon (PATNuC).
PATNUC aims to pursue reforms and policies in the ICT sector, improve the digital skills of citizens, promote the development of digital applications and services, and increase the reach and use of digital services to stimulate employment and entrepreneurship in Cameroon. The programme is divided into three main components. The specific objective of the first component is to enable the establishment of new institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks that are conducive to the growth of the digital sector, the enhancement of digital trust, creation of digital platforms and procurement of relevant equipment for the secure and resilient development of digital services in Cameroon. The second component will focus on stimulating the local market by facilitating access and the integrative use of ICTs into the economic development fabric of the country. Its specific objective is to promote the expansion of digital networks into rural areas focusing on less-served localities mainly through Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP) with the view of enhancing mobile broadband offerings in these localities. This component will also enhance “last-mile" connectivity to key public entities such as hospitals, schools, local government offices. This component will also look at supply-side interventions such as the purchase of international bandwidth, the acquisition of digital equipment and targeted training for key public entities. The third component will focus on the strengthening of the Disruptive Agricultural Technologies (DAT) for agricultural transformation by scaling the development of DAT solutions to enhance market links and added-value creation through increased use of DAT solutions by targeted rural communities. The component also seeks to strengthen public DAT innovation ecosystems and digital capacity building in rural areas.
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