infrastructure foundation of digital economy, complemented as needed with recommendations on other foundational elements. The team held meetings with many of the key public and private sector stakeholders to reach a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities to support the government vision for transforming CV into a digital hub capable of supporting business outsourcing and back office operations, software development, and Cloud hosting. C. Summary of Mission Findings 5. Strategy Validation. The meetings demonstrated the success of the Cabo Verde government across several fields, notably in establishing a comprehensive vision for the country’s development and the ICT sector growth. This vision has articulated three key priority pillars including expansion of the connectivity infrastructure, enhancement of capacity building, and provision of digital services through a regional marketplace. The vision has also highlighted the importance of establishing an enabling governance and regulatory framework to accelerate the transformation of the country as regional ICT hub. We recognize the ambitious targets in various ICT impact indicators defined in this strategy to leapfrog economic growth and social development in Cabo Verde, including: Impact Indicators Unit Baseline 2016 2017 YEAR 2018 2019 2020 2021 TOTAL 2017/2021 Contribution of ICT in GDP Percentage <1% (6%) 0.5% 1.5% 3.0% 5.0% 6.0% 6.0% Increase in ICT / GDP Exports Percentage 0.0% 0.1% 0.5% 1.0% 2.0% 3.0% 3.0% Ranking 97 (4,60) 96 94 91 89 87 (5,03) 87 (5,03) Percentage 70% 72% 74% 80% 85% 90% 90% IDI - ICT Development Index (ITU) Broadband Access New Companies created in the Number 79 125 150 175 250 250 ICT Sector Additional jobs created in the Number 155 160 220 250 320 450 ICT Sector** **Additional 1500 jobs are expected to be created at the new Technology Park. 950 1400** Source: NOSi, 2017 6. Key policy and regulatory prerequisites for connectivity. Based on the sector’s review of best international practices and the findings of previous missions in Cabo Verde, the team has identified a set of policy and regulatory prerequisites that would enable the achievement of such bold vision, and key foundational elements to accelerate the country’s reach of such aspirational targets. The prerequisites include: 2

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