From Dialogue to Development: Presidents Lourenço and Biden Forge a Path for Angola’s Digital Prosperity

This week in Washington, President João Lourenço of Angola and President Joe Biden engaged in a discussion about Angola’s participation in the digital economy. IDG is supporting Angola’s participation in the digital economy through the USAID Technical Assistance Project for Economic Growth (TAP EG) projects nearly $5 million “Dinheiro Digital é Melhor (DDM) (Better Than Cash”) initiative.  DDM partnered with Africell Group, a US-owned telecommunications company, to provide an equivalent in-kind contribution to the partnership on top of their mobile network.

During discussion, President Biden remarked that initiatives focused on digital transformation “the projects are going to connect every Angolan to the digital economy.” A senior administration official from the Biden administration also said that ‘the partnership is really a support for over 180 rural bridges, upgrading the 4G and 5G connectivity across Angola, introducing the first-ever mobile money application, and bringing 500 megawatts of solar power to the grid.”

This collaboration signifies a comprehensive effort to bridge the digital divide and promote economic inclusivity in Angola. It also demonstrates USAID’s commitment to advance digital strategy, economic growth, and private sector engagement.

Read more about the U.S. Angola Partnership now!

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