India supplies Zimbabwe with solar-powered computers
- Published on 08 August 2012
India has supplied Zimbabwe with solar-powered computers, as a power crisis continues to engulf the African nation.
The solar-powered computers can connect to the internet using any of the country's three cell-phone mobile network providers, comprising Econet Wireless, Telecel Zimbabwe and NetOne.
The project comes at a time the country is experiencing shortage of electricity with the capital city Harare, second largest city Bulawayo and Mutare, experiencing frequent power cuts.
India, one of world's fastest growing economies under the ambitious economic grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) is penetrating heavily in Africa, particularly in areas of Information Communication Technology, mining, manufacturing and retail.
The solar-powered computers have since been distributed to three piloting provinces of Matabeleland, Harare and Manicaland, where the majority of citizens are believed to have no access to computers or electricity supply.
"We have begun the installation of solar powered computers in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare and hope to cover the whole country,” said the Indian ambassador to Zimbabwe, Shri JK Tripathi.
"We are aware that Zimbabwe is moving towards total e-learning and chose to install these computers as a way of support,” said Tripathi.