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Cameroon – Chinese Laptops: The manufacture of the long awaited laptops to begin after the payment of 30% of the funds by the government.

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Written by Gisele Alba

The 500,000 computers promised to students by the Head of State will be ready for production.

In its June 21, 2017 edition, the daily newspaper Le Jour reports that Jacques Fame Ndongo, the Minister of Higher Education (Minesup) announced that 30% of the amount for the 500,000 computers promised to students, were given to the Chinese company Sichuan Telecom Construction and Engineering Co ltd. According to the newspaper, this information was passed by the Minesup  on June 20, 2017 in its ministerial department. It was during the meeting to finalize the project that so far aroused in the educational milieu a lot of debates especially among the student community. This amount allocated to the Chinese company is in fact one learned of the assizes with the Minesup, a financing unblocked by Exim Bank China. Jacques Fame Ndongo reassured that it is now possible to launch the operational phase of the project.

As a reminder, the government of Cameroon signed an agreement with the Chinese company Sichuan Telecom Construction and Engineering Co ltds for the manufacture of computers and the construction of nine digital university development centers. Regarding the second point of this agreement, each of the eight state universities will have a digital development center. Another center will be built at the interstate university of Cameroon and the Congo. As for the delay in the project, the daily reports that Jacques Fame Ndongo indicates that it is linked to the complexity of the steps “especially about the release of funds by the Chinese bank“.

On June 20, 2017 Qian Wen Feng the Managing Director of Sichuan telecom construction and engineering co ltds was granted an audience to the Presidency of the Republic. This day another meeting is planned for the Ministry of Higher Education. It is hoped that at the end of the meeting, the date of distribution of the first computers to the students will actually be available. It is on July 27, 2016 that the Minesup announced the offer of 500,000 computers to the students of Cameroonian universities. The gift being that of Paul Biya the President of the Republic.

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