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Microsoft to Support Computer Education in Kenya; Jean-Philippe Courtois Comments

MicrosoftLogoMicrosoft has pledged to help Kenya’s government implement a project that seeks to provide free computers to primary schools in the African country by January 2014, Standard Digital reported Tuesday.

According to the article, Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International, met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday to discuss the computers for schools program.

Courtois said the company and its partners will establish at least five enterprises in each Kenyan county to perform hardware, software and connectivity support services.

He added that Microsoft will also build a research and innovation center for software developers in Kenya.

The report says Kenyatta has asked the computer firm to develop a sustainable program framework for assembling computers and developing software and content.

The President also said he would like Microsoft to develop a sustainable model that includes local assembly of computers, software and content development.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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