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Cameroon – Chinese Laptops: “These machines will be distributed during this academic year,” says a MINESUP staff

Written by Deckson N.

The head of the information systems division of the Ministry of Higher Education talks about the progress of the project.

On July 27, 2016, Jacques Fame Ndongo, Minister of Higher Education (MINESUP), signed the agreement to manufacture 50,000 laptops with the Chinese company Sichuan Telecom Enineering Ltd. According to the MINESUP, the said computers were to be distributed free of charge to the students of the State universities at the beginning of the academic year 2016-2017. The Minister also indicated that it was the gift of the Head of State to Cameroonian students. The project was named “one student, one computer“. It aimed, among other things, at the establishment of a digital economy intended to generalize the use of information and communication technologies among students. Only seven months have passed, the academic year has begun and computers are not yet available. In an interview with the daily Mutations, Yves Emvudu Wono, head of the information systems division of the Ministry of Higher Education, explained the progress of the project.

To the question of where are we with laptops, Yves Emvudu Wono declares “the first part including all the administrative procedures is finalized. Cameroon has already fulfilled all its specifications. All the stakeholders, namely the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Territorial Development, the Caisse Autonome d’Amortissement and the Prime Ministry, have already fulfilled their part in this long procedure. The other stage concerns universities. It was necessary for MINESUP to develop the modus operandi and discuss it with the heads of these academic institutions. Now these institutions are working to produce the list of beneficiary students. As for our third step, the Chinese designer began manufacturing these machines. We must speed up the preparation of the lists. We should not be late when machines are available.

Responding to the question of whether the operation was not finalized, the head of the information systems division of MINESUP said: “This computer donation operation is sensitive and delicate because it is an action of the Head of State. So there needs to be some transparency, so that when you give a computer to a student, that student has a link with it: biometrics and the computer code. ” Over the distribution period, he says “these machines will be distributed during this academic year. We have the student file and we are at the end of the first semester. Soon we will have a quality file.

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