Microsoft to train 45 million Africans in ICT

Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates, has announced that his company is planning to assist in giving ICT training to more than 45 million people in Africa by year 2010 and also help the governments of countries in the continent create sustainable economic growth.

The software company intends to use its already existing partnerships in the continent which include those in Learning and Unlimited Potential education programmes to execute the project. He made the announement at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum Africa 2006 in South Africa. During his announcement, Gates highlighted Microsoft's long-term approach to investment in Africa, including collaborations between Microsoft , local and global organisations such as the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

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