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CAF earmarks US $120 million loan for TT digital transformation – TechNewsTT

Above: CAF Executive President Sergio Diaz-Granados. Photo courtesy CAF.
CAF, the Development Bank of Latin America, announced on July 19  a loan  to the Trinidad and Tobago government. The loan will support the implementation of Trinidad and Tobago’s digital transformation and inclusion strategy, through initiatives that contribute to the digitalization of the State and the use of technology by the productive sector and the general population.
The US $120 million loan for Trinidad and Tobago is part of US $1.6 billion to promote the reactivation of Latin America and the Caribbean and advances in its capitalization. In TT it will accelerate the digitalization of the State and the productive sectors and, in turn, help mitigate the impacts of the pandemic and close the country’s digital gaps.
The funds will be managed by the Ministry of Finance, with the technical support of the Ministry of Digital Transformation and will support initiatives related to regulatory and institutional changes, management, and planning. The Programme aims to promote actions in the following fields:
“This loan adds to the efforts of the government of Trinidad and Tobago to close the digital divide, promote the information society and the expansion of the digital ecosystem in the country. CAF will not only support these efforts through the loan, but also with technical assistance for digital transformation in the financial, educational, agricultural, and tax collection sectors,” said Sergio Díaz-Granados, Executive President of CAF.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has set the digital agenda as an overarching topic of its 2030 Vision development plan, which includes the improvement of public service through e-Government, the digitization of the productive sector and closing technological gaps.
In the last six years (2016-2021), CAF approved operations for Trinidad and Tobago for a total of USD 1.3 billion, and during the same period, it has disbursed USD 1.2 billion in priority sectors for the country. CAF’s portfolio went from USD 300 million in 2017 to USD 1.16 billion in 2021.
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