Monday, November 02, 2009

‘Intel innovations to boost Nigeria’s economy’

Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Intel Corporation, Mr. Jacques Vanschalkwyk, has restated the company’s commitment to use innovations to boost its investment that will bring about economic and social development in Nigeria.

Speaking during a media interactive session in Lagos, Mr. Vanschalkwyk noted that Intel is poised towards various activities that promote better way of life and focused on creating and developing business opportunities in their markets.

“Nigeria is one of the places we look at in our planning. Intel has been a founding member in contributing to connectivity and has 15 years of investment in internet, with a strong focus on embedded internet by 2015,” he said.

Stressing that Intel has 20 per cent expenditure plan in new growth area with an unshaken investment in the future that will be driven by its new devices.

“They will add value to life with our innovations on market creation and sustenance. We have the 160 personal computer in 65 countries; work with private organization on the best way to deploy the available technology to maximize business profit; majorly focused on e-learning ingredient, improved learning methods and professional development,” he said.

The regional director also explained that the corporation has the nationwide employee personal computer program in the country, stressing that it has been innovating in the past 40 years, hence he promised the company would continue to contribute to help Nigerians enjoy better living standards.

Also speaking the Business Development Manager, West Africa, Mr. David Ibhawoh said Intel technology transcends impacting life and providing the best and conducive business environment.

“This is why our World Ahead Programme is basically focused on four pillars – access, broadband, content and education. We believe strongly that achieving all these will not only change the world but serve as added advantage to the way we live, work and play,” he explained.

Ibhawoh said that Intel has been in the fore front in internet accessibility by increasing WiFi and Wimax availability, leading to ecosystem development, regulatory consultation, technology advances, removing barriers and advocate for low cost internet for all.

He disclosed that Intel has contributed immensely to 79 universities in Nigeria by providing laptop with internet connectivity, partnership with OEMs and training of telecommunication operators on the best way to provide internet for all.

“We have provided people in rural communities with a rural health care pilot project in partnership with the government’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Body aims at bringing attention to the deplorable state of health care in rural areas by taking health care services to the grassroots and capturing health specific data. The project uses Hawk-peak as capture tool provides doctors, nurses, health policy makers, traditional birth attendants with HPs and access to a specialized health information capture SW (DHIS),” Mr. Ibhawoh said.

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