Sectoral and Institutional Context

A collaboration between the World Bank Group (WBG) and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the regional Digital Economy Moonshot Initiative in the Eastern Caribbean aims to facilitate the region’s transition to a digital economy. This initiative intends to accelerate digital transformation in the region by supporting universal access to broadband infrastructure and digital services for a more inclusive digital economy. The initiative is anchored in strategies focusing on investments in digital infrastructure, e-government, and digital finance; creation of digital platforms such as unique digital identification for citizens; and the improvement of digital skills and digital entrepreneurship. An early adopter of digital economy principles, Dominica signed a 15 year agreement with Digicel Dominica in 2019 to build the physical infrastructure to support the development of a digital economy. The Digicel/Government of Dominica Project is anticipated to incrementally expand access to Information Communication Technology (ICT) across the country by providing fiberoptic connectivity to government buildings, schools, health centers, police stations and other selected users by the middle of 2021. The Digicel/Government of Dominica Network Project intends to provide the GOCD with adequate broadband, physical, and cloud infrastructure for the government to provide reliable and accessible electronic services to citizens and businesses.