On Tue, 30 May 1995, Alan said:
> Since Africa, therefore, belongs to us all, I hope that we will see an end to
> the exploitation of Africa by IT professionals from Europe and the USA.
> These professionals come here for a limited time, charge enormous rates,
> fail to do any kind of skills transfer and then leave. The Africans are then
> in no position to maintain the product. Once the product fails, there are
> only two options: pay through the neck to get the USA or European
> experts to do the necessary maintenance or let the product fall into disuse.
> Either way, its big money down the sewer.
I agree to certain extent with Alan. The point is that the Africans (including
MYSELF) should wake up and do someting instead of complaining.
Last week I was looking at a research proposal prepared by a consutancy group
based in Belgium for a funding from the EU to work in Africa (I don't want to
name the group and also the African country). The funding required was more
than a 1000,000 pounds. The group stated that its main aim is to tranfer IT to
the African country. What was alarming is that the group aims to buy 5 PCs and
send them to the country in question. It claimed that workstations cannot used
becuase of the maintainance requirement!!!! The company prepares to buy modern
equipment for the office in Europe but sends 5 PCs to the African country. Very
If you spend that amount of money you could certainly maintain a workstation and
train other people to take over with time.
A friend of mine has been working on a project worth of 200,000 pounds. The
porject is supposed to be done in Algeria. To tell you the truth 90% of the
money is spent here in the UK.
I have just joined the list so let me stop here.