Re: [GKD] Should Developed Countries Subsidize the Internet for LDCs?

2004-12-28 Thread John Dada
And let me also stir things up a bit more, Lee. I've heard data bandied
about what defines an LDC, and have heard things like folks living on
less than $1/day. I don't know where these figures come from. But one of
my mothers (yes, in rural Nigeria, every elderly woman is my mother) is
on welfare from our organization and she earns 100 Naira per week (this
is less than $1/WEEK). I hope this gives a little perspective and
reality-check on subsidies. Would you subsidize IT infrastructure and
end-user fees for this mother of mine?




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Re: [GKD] Nigeria: Silicon Valley Transplant

2004-12-28 Thread Timothy A Gilbert
What is the phrase crawl,walk, run, fly. It sounds like someone in
Nigeria wants to skip the first three stages and go straight to flying.
On the other hand there is a chicken and egg problem here to mix
metaphors. Why train/educate people in basic sciences if there are no
jobs for them to apply their knowledge and skills? The challenge, it
would seem, is to find an engine consistent with current conditions that
runs on part economic development, infrastructure, training, higher
education, venture capital and government support. Once the engine is
running sufficiently to enable the full life-cycle of elementary
education through job aquisition, it can be revved up to drive down the
path toward a Technology Village.

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On 12/03/2004, Femi Oyesanya [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:


 A recent Nigerian Newspaper article cited the Nigerian Minister of the
 Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nasir El-Rufai, as saying that the
 Nigerian Government has given the approval for the building of a
 Technology Village. Nigeria will be building its own Silicon Valley on a
 650 hectare property, located in a suburb of the Federal Capital city,
 Abuja.
 
 The Newspaper article quoted El-Rufai as saying, we want to create a
 city of knowledge in Abuja. And on the way to the airport, we have got
 about 650 hectares of land we have reserved out of the Abuja
 master-plan. What we hope to do with the technology village, which is
 going to cost us between $300 to $400 million is to have the highest
 quality infrastructure attracting the best brains in information and
 bio-technology, pharmaceutical and Information Technology (IT) research
 to work in Abuja. (1)

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