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- The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will provide 500,000 computers for the Least Developed Countries (LDC) to help enhance their technological development, the Executive Secretary of the Digital Solitary Fund (DIF), Alain Clerc.

- Ghana’s Ministry of Communications is facilitating the organisation of the 2nd Ghana Information and Communications Technologies Excellence Awards 2008 in partnership with industry players in the private sector. The ceremony will take place in Accra on March 20th.

- Cisco has launched a multi-million shilling facility dubbed Global Talent Acceleration Programme. Based in Johannesburg, the centre will train network engineers. The South African facility, which will initially host 16 students is Cisco's latest addition to its 80 networking academies on the continent.

- The fourth international Euro-Mediterranean conference on computer science and telemedicine took place in Tripoli last week. More than 30 studies on telemedicine teaching, the use of Internet in the medical area as well as the promotion of health systems for electronic medical teaching and the harmonisation of the programmes on telemedicine will be discussed during this meeting. The studies also cover electronic filing of the patients’ conditions, electronic care cards, clinical and epidemiological databases, the use of fingerprints in health records and the digital gap in telemedicine in Africa.

- The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and Hewlett Packard (HP), have established an information technology training centre for skill acquisition and entrepreneurial development.

- In a bid to make science and technology central to the Nigerian economy, the Federal Government is to set up a council for the co-ordination of research and development results in the country.