Government awards OLPF's first phase to Haier Electrical Appliances

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Guyana's cabinet has greenlighted a US$7.5mn contract with Chinese company Haier Electrical Appliances for the first phase of the country's One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) project, government news agency GINA reported.

The phase includes 27,000 laptops, which Haier will provide with 2% additional stock in spares and 18 months warranty.

The tender process was initially launched in March, when bidders failed to meet qualifications. Later, the government decided to re-tender with a revised document expecting to attract more competition. This second process was closed in August with 11 bids received.

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The laptop distribution is slated to start in October.

Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo's project is expected to benefit 90,000 families. About 14,000 of the 44,000 applications received have already been entered into the project database. During the first phase, 50,000 laptops will be delivered to priority groups in the lower-income working class.

The program will be supported by more than 200 ICT hubs, which will offer training for recipients and their families, with the aim of ensuring that every household member develops computer skills.