A Special Working Group to View Project ‘People’s Computer’
Azerbaijan, Baku/ Trend , corr. S. Babayeva/ The Special Working Group is expected to view the initial reading of the project 'People's Computer', which is intended for providing poor strata of the Azerbaijani society with PCs, a source in the Azerbaijan Telecommunication and IT Ministry has said.
Then the document will be submitted to the Azerbaijani Government for further consideration. The mentioned working group consists of specialists of a number of Ministries, as well as those of Intel and Microsoft.
The core of the 'People's Computer' Project lies in presenting PC for long-term credits under low interest rates to poor strata of the Azerbaijani society. Different alternatives on financing both at the expense of the Government and external sources are currently being under consideration. Microsoft is expected to present licensed software, with Intel presenting relevant equipment on lax conditions.
A source for Telecommunication Ministry said that the Ministry had intentions to implement a pilot project in the Shamakhy Region of the Country, which would fore-see the improvement of computer skills among the youth of the Azerbaijani region at the expense of the Ministry.
If it is successful, the project may include other regions of Azerbaijan. According to the preliminary data collected by the Azerbaijan Telecommunication Ministry today, only 3-4 PCs fall at each 100 persons in the country. If the project is successfully implemented, then this figure may increase by more than five times.