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2-day workshop on Pan-African e-Network Project concluded
Source : TCIL

A 2-day workshop on Govt. of India Pan-African e-Network project, organized by TCIL in hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs, was concluded on 13th August 2009. It was attended by 50 delegates from 28 African countries and AU Commission, Addis Ababa. The opening session was addressed by Mr. R K UPADHYAY, CMD TCIL, Mr. NALIN SURIE, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs and Mr. MOCTAR YEDALY, Head of Post and Telecommunication Division, African Union Commission.

While speaking in the opening session of the workshop, Mr. Nalin Surie, Secretary (West), MEA informed the delegates that the project was a practical example of South-South cooperation and aimed at (i) capacity building of AU member states by imparting education to 10000 African students over the network through the tele-education mode in various professional courses on business administration, IT, finance, tourism etc., (ii) tele-medicine consultation to the African doctors in the patient-end hospitals. 40 countries have already joined the project and a few more are likely to come on board by 30th September 2009. The project has already been implemented in 20 African countries viz. Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles and Uganda. Network in other countries will be commissioned by December 2009 progressively.

      During the workshop, the experts from TCIL, AU Commission, IGNOU, Amity University, Apollo Hospitals, Sri Ramchandra University, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Narayana Hrudayayalaya, i-Grandee and TeleVital made presentations and shared their experiences on network implementation, network operation & services, tele-education and tele-medicine. The delegates were given opportunity to speak out their observations, expectations, queries, doubts, suggestions and recommendations for possible improvements in the quality of the network and services. Visits were also organized to Fortis Hospital, Data Centre at TCIL, IGNOU, and Amity University for live demonstration of tele-education and tele-medicine facilities set up there by TCIL as part of the network.

      While chairing the concluding session of the workshop, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Joint Secretary (WA), MEA appreciated the delegates for their active participation in the deliberations and assured them follow up action on their observations and recommendations. Head of AU delegation Mr. Moctar Yedaly who chaired most of the working sessions thanked the Govt. of India for its excellent initiative which would benefit the participating African countries in their socio-economic development and achievement of millennium development goals. On behalf of the participants he expressed great satisfaction on excellent conduct of the workshop. TCIL proposed the vote of thanks.

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