LIBERIAN INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE AND ADVISORY GROUP
40 by 2021
What is LIATAG?
The proposed Liberian Interagency Task Force and Advisory Group, with the cooperation of the international community will seek to enable Liberia to leap from its present 8.4% to 40% Internet penetration by the year of 2021
This will be done in collaboration with the LIATAG, the support of Syracuse University iSchool, including WiTec club, iConsult, & IST466
This project will be fulfilled by using Imcon International's Internet Backpack Technology
What we do is beyond the idea of providing internet connection for Liberia People. It is an opportunity to see the bigger picture, an opportunity to advance, and an opportunity to challenge
Making 40 in 2021 Real
The purpose of the Liberian Interagency Task Force and Advisory Group (LIATAG) is to help catalyze Liberian interagency, civil society and industry cooperation. The objective is to facilitate and coordinate private, public, and NGO investments to enable Liberia Internet penetration to exceed 40% as soon as possible. The target of 40% by 2021 is very ambitious. We know that; and we know it is not impossible. The economic and social benefits are obvious as a more connected and wealthier Liberia creates more economic opportunities for citizens and investors, improves health and well-being, and improves the functioning of the public sector.
Liberia's Current Situation
By the time Liberia's civil war ended in 2003, the country had lost nearly all of its' ability to provide electricity to over four million Liberians. The current internet penetration in Liberia is approximately 8.4%. Low Internet penetration in Liberia is a brake on Liberia's development, experts in the sector confirm. This damages both the economy and society, and is especially dangerous in case of emergency. New technology such as the Internet Backpack and multistakeholder cooperation can enable Liberia to leap ahead, for everyone to benefit.
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