African Y2K Awareness Picking Up - World Bank 5/12/99 Author: Staff
ACCRA, May 12 (Reuters) - African countries are becoming more aware of the
dangers posed by the millennium bug, after a slow start, the World Bank's
director for Ghana, Peter Harold, told Reuters on Wednesday.
"There was a tendency to underestimate the problem but now it is being
addressed much more seriously. However, there is still a long way to go,''
He was speaking on the sidelines of a three-day meeting on the issue in the
Ghanaian capital, Accra, dubbed the All Africa Y2K Conference and sponsored
by the World Bank.
"Africa is definitely picking up,'' Abdoul Aziz Wane, programme officer of
the World Bank's Information for Development Programme, said.
"We have received 38 applications for grants from African countries,'' he
One focus of the conference is on the interdependence of nations and the
need for cross-border contingency plans.
"Through inter-regional workshops, interdependencies between different
countries will become clear and we can then work on plans, contingencies
and strategies,'' Sam Atakorah, national Y2K co-ordinator for Ghana, told
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