Multinational - Assistance to the COMESA to conduct a market analysis on a regional cloud ecosystem - Phase I

Project Summary

Approval Date 14 Mar 2022
Signature Date 13 Jul 2022
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Communications
DAC Sector Code 22020
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 415,533.39
Status Approved

Project General Description

This intervention concerns the first phase of the assistance to the COMESA to conduct a market analysis on a regional cloud ecosystem. It will demonstrate the bankability of a regional cloud ecosystem implementation and give rise to a more detailed feasibility study for the underlying investment project. This project will be a multipurpose multinational high-tech facility geared to improve the security and performance of IT tools and services in the North and Southern corridor. It will boost business opportunities in the region through information exchange, development of common e-government and other e -services and indirect job creation helping communities transition into the digital mainstream. Further, it will reduce the cost of doing business and enhance competitiveness through fostering regional connectivity and deepening integration on the continent. The project will aid the continent to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals by enabling access to 24/7 e services for key sectors such as Trade, Education, Health, economy, Government, Agriculture etc.

Project Objectives

The objectives of the project are (1) to undertake market demands analyses in relation with eGov development and digital platforms emergence (for e-commerce purposes, for instance) across the region, (2) to conduct a market study (financial and economic) (with a cost-benefit analysis – ROI/EVA) assessment as well as detailed business plan including some relevant ratios (FNPV, ENPV, FIRR and EIRR) and (3) to assess the digital ecosystem (governance, data protection, regional dispute settlements, PPP environment, etc.) in order to promote cross-border data and financial flows.


The main beneficiaries of this assistance are governments of the member countries of East and Southern Africa (COMESA member states).

Participating Organization

NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility
COMESA Secretariat


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-GB0-037
Last Update 21 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Samatar OMAR ELMI

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-15.4067 28.2871 Lusaka