African Development Bank to fund Cape Verde data centre

Facility to be built in a large ICT park which the country’s government hopes will put Cape Verde on the map for technology hubs.

Cape Verde is soon to begin the construction of a data centre as part of a $30m investment in a new technology park.

The facility will sit in a piece of land measuring nearly 50 hectares in Achada Grande Frente, in the Cape Verdean capital of Praia.

Prime Minister Jose Ulisses Correia e Silva is to attend the breaking ground ceremony for the park.

The data centre is set to be the first building to be erected and put to work. The facility will be managed by the Núcleo Operacional da Sociedade de Informação (NOSi), which already operates a data centre in the country.

The government said in a statement: “The Parque Tecnológico of Cabo Verde is an important project to put the country on the ICT map. It includes the building of a data centre, a business centre, an incubator hub and a training centre.”

The government also said the park is the state’s bet on economic diversification, especially around its Electronic Government-driven roadmap.

The ICT park, funded by a loan from the African Development Bank, is expected to create up to 1,500 jobs and yearly revenues of $51m once fully operational.