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Digital Tunisia 2020 Project

 

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 Radical upgrade of Tunisia’s digital capability gets underway

 10 November 2017 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – The African Development Bank has announced approval of a loan of €71.56 million to support the implementation of ‘Digital Tunisia 2020’ National Strategic Plan. The Tunisian government is contributing €63.4 million, bringing the total cost of the project to €134.96 million.

The project is national and all-encompassing.  The ‘Digital Tunisia 2020’ National Strategic Plan (PNS) will be executed between 2018 and 2021.  The project will strengthen public services through the use of digital platforms, on a grand scale and includes, notably, the implementation of online administrative services, sectoral information services, a digital ID system, and a data exchange platform.

An important feature of the project is its broad geographical coverage. It will radically cut the current regional disparities so that all the Tunisian people will have access to grassroots services online, whether they live in urban areas or rural communities, north or south of the country.

Apart from putting government services within the reach of the population, the project will create a two-way dialogue, letting citizens participate in the formulation and implementation of public policies through electronic feedback, creating a climate of open government.

The project also has great potential for the wider Tunisian economy.  It provides for substantial support to trigger a strong and performing digital economy in the country that will give much-needed job opportunities to the young graduate population.

This project will allow the strengthening of administrative services offered to users and people in business,” said Mohamed El Aziz, the AfDB’s regional director for North Africa, adding that “it will contribute to and improve access to public services across the country.”

The Task Manager for the project at AfDB, Samatar Omar Elmi, added: “The project really illustrates how the adoption of new technologies can enhance public services delivery, improving the government’s dialogue with citizens while fostering the development of the local digital environment.”

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is a regional multilateral development finance institution established in 1964 to mobilize resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries. Headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the Bank promotes economic and social development in African states, providing financing for programs and projects across the continent.  For more information, visit www.adbg.org.

Source: African Development Bank

 

Brazilian city of Fortaleza to receive $57.9 million for urban transportation program

 

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IDB financing to promote sustainable urban mobility in Brazil’s most densely populated city

16 October 2014 – Brasilia, Brazil – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced the approval of a $57.9 million loan for the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza’s urban transportation program.

With 2.45 million people, Fortaleza is Brazil’s fifth largest city. It is also the country’s most densely populated urban area. Its public transportation system, which carries 1 million passengers a day, receives poor ratings for its slow and disorderly services.

141016-pmwj28-fortaleza-IMAGEThe project will help improve management of the public transportation system as well as upgrade the infrastructure and landscape areas surrounding targeted corridors. A total of 11 kilometers of priority lanes for buses and 22 kilometers of bike lanes will be built.

Other goals of the project are to reduce traffic accidents and motor vehicle emissions.

The new loan is for 25 years, with a 5.5-year grace period and an interest rate based on LIBOR. Local counterpart funds for the program will total $57.9 million.

For more about this program, go to http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/project-description-title,1303.html?id=BR-L1333

For more about IDB projects in Brazil, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/countries/brazil/brazil-and-the-idb,1002.html

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development programs and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. More information about the IDB is at http://www.iadb.org/. For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

New Crew Launched to International Space Station

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23 October 2012 – Houston, Texas, USA – NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Evgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy launched aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket on their mission to the International Space Station at 5:51 a.m. CDT Tuesday, 21 October 2012 (4:51 p.m. Kazakhstan time). The trio lifted off from Site 31 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the first time in 28 years the pad has been used for human spaceflight.

Ford, Tarelkin and Novitskiy will spend two days inside their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft getting to the space station. Novitskiy is serving as the commander of the Soyuz and will be at the controls as the spacecraft docks with the Poisk module of the station Thursday, 24 October.

The three will join Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA and Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency, who have been living aboard the orbiting laboratory since July.

Photo: Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy, bottom, NASA astronaut Kevin Ford, and Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin of ROSCOSMOS, top, wave before boarding their Soyuz rocket just a few hours before their launch to the International Space Station on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.  Photo: NASA, Bill Ingalls / AP

NASA TV will provide live coverage of the Soyuz docking beginning at 7 a.m. CDT (8 a.m. EDT) Thursday. Coverage of the hatch opening and welcome ceremony aboard the space station will begin at 9:45 a.m.  Hatch opening is scheduled for approximately 10:15 a.m.

Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin will remain aboard the station until March 2013. Williams, Malenchenko and Hoshide will return to Earth Nov. 19. When Williams, Malenchenko and Hoshide undock from the station, it will signal the end of Expedition 33 and the beginning of Expedition 34 with Ford as commander.

For NASA TV downlink information, up-to-date schedules and links to streaming video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.  For information on the International Space Station and the Expedition 33 crew, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station

 Photos at launch and before launch

  Source: NASA


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