Nov 30, 2012 News
Guyana is to receive a further 23,000 laptops in January for its One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) project.
According to Project Manager, Margot Boyce, so far 22,000 units have been distributed, with another 5,000 to be handed out by the end of December.
The delivery of the 23,000 laptops, a government statement said, is as a result of a bilateral agreement between the People’s Republic of China and the Government of Guyana where laptops manufactured by the Great Wall Computer Shenzhen Company Limited (referred to as Great Wall Computer) will be donated.
The computers are expected to arrive in January 2013.
Great Wall Computer was awarded the “Most Faithful Enterprise in 2012” at a summit held in Beijing in September and was lauded as the potential force of development that will lay a solid foundation for the future.
Huibao Jin, liaison for Great Wall, China on Wednesday paid a visit to the OLPF’s Queenstown Office, to inspect the facility and to get a firsthand view of the secretariat’s daily functions.
In an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), Jin, while expressing his satisfaction with the operations of the OLPF, pointed out that through collaboration, the objective of the project can be achieved.
“The purpose of the visit is to get some knowledge, how the OLPF secretariat is operating, and also through this exercise from our perspective… we were expecting to see an organization of a few persons… we are pleased,” he said.
Jin stated that the collaboration with the Guyana Government has been successful, thus far and his Government is committed to future partnerships.
“This is a very good and sound project, so we are in the right path. We also learnt some details how the laptops are being distributed and how the software is being developed to have students learn curriculum,” he said.
Margot Boyce stated: “It is expected that we will start distribution of the Great Wall computers in Region Four in January 2013….we are on schedule with distribution and I would just like to remind the public that OLPF is real and is continuing to make a difference,” she said.
During the tour, Jin and his team visited the customer services department, warehouse (bond), community liaison department, public relations, accounts, training, data entry, registry and verification departments.
The One Laptop Per Family Project was launched in January 2011 and was conceptualised as a national development imperative to bring Guyana on par with the developed world in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
On September 16, last year, Chinese appliances manufacturer, Haier, signed a contract with the Guyana Government to provide 27,000 netbooks under the first phase of the project.
The company is being paid US$7.6 million to supply the netbooks. The OLPF envisages distributing 90,000 laptops within two to three years. The project targets low-income families and vulnerable groups.
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