Ethiopia has been selected as the first country to benefit from the pilot phase of the Pan-African e-Network Project, a joint initiative between the Indian government and African Union (AU) to develop ICT infrastructure across the Africa.
India is donating $1bn to connect 53 African countries through a satellite and fibre optic network to promote tele- medicine and tele-education programmes. Recently, the Indian government has launched the pilot phase of the $1bn pan-African e-network project in Ethiopia to implement a satellite, fibre optics and wireless network connecting each of the 53 AU member states to India. The e-Network will connect five universities (two in India and three in Africa) to 53 learning centres for tele-education, and 10 `super speciality hospitals' (3 in India and 7 in Africa) to 53 remote hospitals for tele-medicine. The main objective of the tele-medicine network will be to share the knowledge of Indian medical professionals with their African counterparts through online training programmes for nurses, paramedical staff and other health workers. Five universities will be equipped with tele-education studios including post-production facilities, data centres, and a portal comprising delivery system software, and course content will be delivered to the 53 learning centres across the continent. The project is at “an advanced stage of implementation” in Ethiopia; and South Africa, Mauritius and Ghana have also been short-listed for the pilot.