India plans to e-Connect 20 African countries

India is planning to make the Pan-African e-Network operational to provide several IT solutions like tele-education and tele-medicine in Africa. India is taking initiative with association of African countries.


The President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has made an offer to set up a Pan-African e-Network, while addressing the inaugural session of the Pan-African Parliament in 2004. He told that e-Network would provide e-Connectivity to all the 53 countries of Africa and also connect all the heads of state of the Pan-African countries. This e-Network will enable India to assist these countries in the field of IT for providing at least one hub in each of the African countries through which various e-Services like tele-education, tele-medicine and e-Governance. Pan-African e-Network project brings together the terrestrial network between India and Africa through the international undersea fibre cable network and also the African satellite network services. The African universities and super specialty hospitals will also use this network to provide services and content.