Sao Tome and Principe to be linked to pan-African telecommunications network

23 April 2010

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 23 April – The Indian government is carrying out a project in Sao Tome and Principe to make the archipelago a part of the pan-African telecommunications network, the director of the Institute for Innovation and Knowledge (INIC).

Olinto Daio told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the project aimed to link the two islands to the rest of the world via video conference, focusing particularly on health and education services and the Presidency.

The cost of the project was not revealed, but the Sao Tome authorities have said that the tele-medicine aspect of this project is the most important as it will link the main hospital on the island of Sao Tome with more than 10 Indian hospitals.

The initiative is also supported by Sao Tome’s doctors who have said tele-medicine is “advantageous doe the development of the health sector,” although language barriers may hamper the project’s development.

The video conference project via the Pan-African network will link Sao Tome and Principe to over 53 countries in the African Union, allowing for an exchange of information in different areas.

In relation to the Education sector, at the Higher Polytechnic Institute, the most important state-run training centre, a tele-education system will be set up for distance learning, which includes bachelor’s degrees and masters in several areas.

The project is due for conclusion within four months and has the financial support of the Indian government, which is providing funding for its execution and maintenance for five years. (macauhub)