100,000 computers to be ensured for National Computer Project in Azerbaijan


Ministry of Communications & Information Technologies, Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan, representatives of HP and Microsoft companies in Azerbaijan signed today the Memo on Intentions on realizing a pilot project of the National Computer Project.

Minister of Education Misir Mardanov said up to 10% of country's teachers are able to be engaged in the project.

"We have no need to attract banks as agents to the project since computer purchases will be warranted by the Ministry of Education,M. Mardanov said.

The pilot stage is supposed to last four months and the first group of secondary school teachers has already concluded agreements on computer deliveries. Under the project, computers will be purchased under interest-free credit conditions for the term of up to 12 months and price that is 25-40% lower than a market price. The teachers will be also awarded with 100-hour internet cards by Aztelekom and Baku City Telephone Network. To partake in the programme a teacher needs to apply to a school director, conclude an agreement with Azerpocht post operator, through which a loan is to be paid off. Technique deliveries will be implemented through HP's local partner Bestcomp Group. Project's subsequent destiny will be determined following the pilot stage results.

The project sets a goal to create conditions for different population groups to acquire modern computer and licensed software, reduce "digital inequality" by expanding ICT introduction in regions as well as support the Azerbaijan Government's activity aimed at developing the information community and e-government.

The project is aimed at increasing life level as well as providing a high-quality approach to the information community and efficient usage of ICT possibilities in order to improve lifestyle by achieving following institutional ends:

  • Promoting intellectual labour
  • Preparing personnel focused on knowledge economy
  • Stimulating the process of training personnel focused on ICT
  • Promoting local entrepreneurship
  • Expanding credit possibilities
  • Developing e-government
  • Supporting an educational system
  • Protecting intellectual property
  • Promoting computer skills
  • Supporting indigent social groups
  • Creating possibilities for regional population to buy computers
  • Increasing a number of computers per hundred citizens up to a world-level indicator
  • Within the project HP will provide 5,000 MiniNotes, laptops and desktops. All the computers have a licensed Microsoft OS.