26
Oct

REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT (RCIP) MALAWI

The purpose of this Third Phase of Regional Communications Infrastructure Program Project for Africa is to approve a waiver for a condition of withdrawal of proceeds for two particular contracts. The condition relates to disbursements against a particular disbursement category and specifically to category (three) of the disbursement table in the financing agreement, and requires the adoption of satisfactory parameters and expenditures for purchase of capacity on national networks, which need to be defined and approved by the association. While detailed cost models have not yet been developed or finalized, the parameters for the expenditures under the specific contracts are acceptable. This waiver allows government to connect important sites to the internet, to demonstrate the importance of such connections gathering support for further reforms, and to collect data for the development of needed cost models. The waiver only covers 10 percent of the funding in this disbursement category