In response to the comments of Valerie Bruce:
>> The point has always be made that although the introduction of the IT
>> African organisations and institutions lags behind those of North America
>> and Europe a couple of years;
>> The technology, some argued, has now permeated almost all sectors in most
>> African countries.
>I'm surprised to hear this. My perception is that very little of the
>African population, a tiny percentage, has access to computer technology.
>Only a few of the elite,mainly bureaucrats. What need does the average
>citizen trying to make a living have for computers?
There are many fields of endeavor, even in Africa, where IT can be and
is proving to be useful and effective. This was made clear at the recent
"Telematics for Development" conference in Addis Ababa. Represented at this
conference were educators, librarians, health service professionals, the
media, business of all kinds and size, and of course the public sector,
including the telecoms authorities.
I would agree that for the "average" African, which means a rural
person employed in agriculture, a PC will not come high on the priority
list. However, in my work with the Food and Agriculture Organization, I have
found a large variety of situations in which computers are quite valuable in
the agricultural sector. One example is the use of e-mail to network
agriculture extension offices.
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