AFRICA e-NETWORK PROJECT
Providing the adequate educational facilities and affordable healthcare to citizens are two prominent concerns of many developing countries.
The former President of India Dr.APJ.Abdul Kalam,during the inaugural session of the Pan-African Parliament held at Johannesburg on 16th September 2004 ,proposed in his address to connect all the 53 nations of the African Union by a satellite and a fiber optic network that would provide communication for Tele-education,Tele ‚Äď medicine,Internet,Video conferencing and VoIP services and also support e-Governance , e-Commerce ,infotainment, resources mapping, meterological services etc.
As a follow up to the initiative taken by Dr.Kalam, the ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India proceeded to setup an e-Network now called Pan African e-Network.
The Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India has been designated as the Nodal Ministry. TCIL has been designated as the turnkey Implementing Agency
Phase 1 of Pan ‚ÄďAfrican e-Network project was inaugurated by Hon’ble Mr.Pranab Mukherjee,the then External Affair Minister (EAM),Govt.of India on 26th February 2009 from the Data Centre at the TCIL HQ Building.
Phase 2 of Pan African e-Network project was inaugurated on 16th August 2010 by Hon’ble Mr.S.M.Krishna, The External Affair Minister (EA) Govt. of India.
The Project also covers Continuing Medical Education (CME) to practising doctors and the nursing staff with a view to updating and enhancing their knowledge and skills.