Mali: YATTCO to provide students 13,000 digital tablets for CFA3.8 billion
(Ecofin Agency) - Malian government will provide universities students a first lot of digital tablets for 2017-2018 academic year. The company YATTCO is in charge of this supply of 13,000 tablets for a total cost of CFA3, 000,835,650.
The operation should be carried out within 45 days, thus not later than mid-February 2018. Universal Access’s fund management agency is the sponsor of this contract on behalf of the government.
The provision of the tablets to students fall under the “Doniya, one student, one tablet” project. The latter also aligns with government’s national digital development strategy baptized “digital plan 2020”. This plan aims to improve students’ access to knowledge, via ICT, providing them with ways to get the best possible training.
This operation is also the fulfilment of Head of State’s promise, Ibrahim Boubakar Keita, to Malian students on June 17, 2016 at the summit of Francophone ministers of higher education on the financing of digital, held in Bamako.
In addition, the government decided to build centers for universal access to telecommunications and ICTs for all Malians. These facilities will be set up in rural, urban or suburban areas. This contract has been entrusted to Global Equipement & Services and its cost amounts to CFA2, 000,997,200 FCFA. It must be executed within 30 days, thus latest by early February 2018.