Cape Verdean government wants to create “cybernetic island” with help from India

26 November 2009

Praia, Cape Verde, 26 Nov – The government of Cape Verde wants to turn the Archipelago into a “cybernetic island” and to do this will be supported by India, specifically in creating a technological hub, Cape Verde’s Foreign affairs Minister said Tuesday in Praia.

José Brito was summing up his recent visit to New Delhi, where the support of the Indian authorities for a technological hub, in the capital Praia, was granted. The project is expected to cost US$25 million.

According to Brito, for now India has provided US$5 million, but is available to provide further funding after studying the project, which will happen in January of next year, when a technical mission is due to arrive in Praia.

“Within the framework of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) we left (New Delhi) hopeful in relation to India’s support for construction of a benchmark technology hub, which is a project that could cost up to US$25 million and which includes production of software and which is also aimed at becoming a business incubator,” José Brito said.

According to Minister Brito, Cape Verde plans for India to become a “strategic partner” and, for this, it already has the guarantee of US$300,000 in aid to boost activities of the Operational Nucleus of Information Systems (NOSI), which is computerising the entire public administration system on the archipelago.

With this in mind, in January, he added, a technical delegation from NITT (National Indian Telecommunication), “one of the biggest professional training companies in the world,” is due to arrive to analyse the Cape Verdean market.

The trip to India also made it possible to make an agreement to create two centres of excellence – one in Praia (Santiago Island) and another in Mindelo (Sao Vicente), focused on ICTs and English Language training, which will train 600 professionals per year. (macauhub)