Samsung’s Digital Village programme launched in Gabon

Samsung-AfricaGabon hopes to install 2,500 other digital villages across the country in the next 15 years. (Image source: Jamie Welsh/Flickr)South Korean electronics company Samsung has launched Digital Village programme in Libreville, Gabon

According to Samsung, the digital villages programme will help to revolutionise life in Gabonese villages where there is no electricity, health centres or schools.

The project will comprise of a solar power generator, a tele-medical centre and a mobile clinic that will move from one village to another offering treatment for most common diseases such as diarrhoea and malaria, added the electronics company.

Pastor Ngoua N'neme, Gabon's digital economy minister, said that the Digital Village programme will also comprise of a solar powered Internet school equipped with iPads and an administration centre for sending or receiving letters.

"The objective of this kind of village is to bridge the digital gap between towns and villages,” added the minister.

Bill Kim, director for Samsung, noted that the Digital Villages are part of the company's far-reaching African citizenship programme, which is designed to positively impact the lives of five million people by the end of 2015.

Digital Villages have already been installed in DR Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Sudan. Other digital villages will be installed by 2015 in Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe, revealed Kim.

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