ICT tools can address knowledge poverty in Africa




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ICTComputerization of African countries, in the areas of education and health, is crucial for their development and integration. By allowing technology flow into the continent, a huge market is emerging thus creating potential opportunities for foreign entrepreneurs. We recently met one of these entrepreneurs, named JX Paulin. He shared his vision of technology rise in Africa.
JX Paulin is the founder of educative brand MySimax. After a successful experience of twenty year as an entrepreneur in China, he is now a major investor in Gabon and Togo. His reflection deals with the untapped intellectual potential in African universities and schools. “When I participated in the New York Forum Africa (in Libreville, Gabon, in May 2014), I saw many great minds. But what can great minds do without great tools?”
The company seeks to enter African market for technological devices offering tablets to educational institution and being one of few tablet providers for educational purpose in emerging market. “African students must be able to share and to access valuable content easily. They should read about their history as really occurred. They should have access to updated content, to cultural publications, to scientific magazines and books anywhere. Knowledge is the priority!” adds Paulin.[eap_ad_2]
Indeed, as Benjamin Franklin once said: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. Computerization is one of the means of educational enhancement applied by developing countries. In these circumstances, tablets are growing in popularity.
As data shows, since Apple’s iPad was released in 2010, tablet market has grown over 100 percent per year; 2013 showed a record of 220 million devices sold all over the world. However, after such a spectacular growth, tablet market stabilized at 30 percent growth by the end of 2013. Some of the explanation might be linked to market saturation and high household equipment level in developed countries.
Indeed, while consumer demand for tablets is falling in developed countries market concentration is gradually moving into developing countries with high level of unsatisfied demand and opportunities for market leadership.
As a result, Paulin seeks to enter African market for tablets, which still has a lot of opportunities, thus envisioning its future ; he states: “I am very confident about the growth of Africa in the very near future. Many people tell me that it is not the best time yet because Africa is not . I usually say, ‘That is precisely what everybody said to me twenty years ago when I left France for Shanghai.” As a result, MySimax has recently signed contracts with some African schools, including AFRAM in Gabon, which serves more than 7,000 students in the region.[eap_ad_3]