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- Three years after President Paul Kagame launched the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program, about 65,000 computers have since been distributed to some 128 primary schools in Rwanda. The government targets to deploy 160,000 laptops by June 2012 as part of the government's effort to transform the country's economy into a knowledge-based one.

- IBM has announced the opening of a new branch office in Luanda, Angola as part of the company’s continued geographic expansion to increase its presence in key growth markets in support of its global strategy. The Angolan arm is part of a broad programme of investment that IBM is making in Africa and follows the recent opening of new locations in Dakar, Senegal and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This gives IBM a direct presence in more than 20 African countries, including South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.

- UAP Holdings — the parent company that owns UAP Insurance — is investing Sh400 million in IT as it plans to expand into asset management and property development.
It is forming a subsidiary that will offer information technology support for the group, signaling the growing use of IT in the underwriting industry. UAP Global Services will support the group’s financial services and property management investments in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Rwanda.

- The launching of Mozilla Firefox Luganda version is expected on September 29 in Uganda. It is part of the localisation process of the international computer software spearheaded by Avabt-garde solutions, African Localisation Network, Mozilla Foundation and Makerere University.