The first consignment of 500,000 computers promised to University students by President Paul Biya, has arrived Cameroon.
The laptops was received on December 22 by the Minister of Higher Education, Jacques Fame Ndongo. In a statement released by his aides on December 21, the Minister of Higher Education said that this first batch includes 40,000 computers while a second batch of 40,000 computers is expected on Sunday, December 24.
These computers, manufactured in the People’s Republic of China, bear the initials PB. They each have a Windows operating system, offered by the American company Microsoft, at the symbolic price of one US dollar (about F CFA 553 ) per computer.
According to Minister Jacques Fame Ndongo, the manufacturing of the second batch of 100,000 computers began last Monday in Shenzen, China. He said the computers will be shipped in the months ahead. He stated that all computers promised by the Head of State will be delivered by June 2018.
It should be recalled that the project “a student, a computer” is one of the actions of Biya’s “special youth plan”, announced on February 10, 2016. It is part of the implementation of the “e-national higher education” program, intended to generalize the use of information and communication technologies among Cameroonian students.