Computer News - In Brief


- Gambia President Yahya Jammeh has announced plans to create a new tax-free zone that will transform The Gambia into a 'Silicon Valley of Africa'. However, he maintained that the hi-tech industries will enjoy tax-free incentive, provided they create employment opportunities for Gambians, adding that "we are going to create a new tax-free zone so that The Gambia becomes the new Silicon Valley of Africa before Vision 2020".

- Netsurit, IT service provider to the SME market, has outperformed Microsoft partners from around the globe and has been named Partner of the Year for Sales and Marketing in Networking Infrastructure Solutions at the 2006 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Program Awards. This is the first time a South African Microsoft partner has received the award.

- Omatek Computers has commenced the local production of computers under the "Computers for All Nigerians Initiative" (Cani), a government-private sector collaboration aimed at increasing PC penetration in Nigeria. The Cani project, in its first phase, is expected to empower not less than 500,000 Nigerians in the first two years of its operations.