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Kenyan Parliament going paperless with the iPad

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Kenyan Parliament going paperless with the iPad
Going paperless is a trend that has been sweeping the world. We've heard of plenty of companies that have been buying tablets, usually either Apple iPads or maybe Samsung Galaxy tablets, in an effort to better connect workforces and streamline business practices. But, the trend is also hitting governments around the world, and the most recent is Kenya, which has purchased Apple iPads for members of its Parliament and Senate.

According to Kenya's Standard Digital News, the government has purchased 450 iPads; and, due to the higher cost of electronics in the country, that will add up to somewhere around $350,000. Each tablet ranges in cost from 55,000 Kenyan shillings (~$640) to 70,000 shillings (~$815). That is a fairly high cost for the devices, but Kenya's GDP has been skyrocketing recently. In 1993, it was a mere $5.75 billion, by 1999 it was up to $14.09 billion, and as of 2012 it had hit $37.23 billion. And, giving members of government iPads will seriously cut down printing costs of course. 

Kenya's neighbor Uganda made a similar move last year, Britain's House of Commons has been running an iPad trial since 2012, and New Zealand purchased its police force iPhones and iPads early last year as well. 

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posted on 20 Jan 2014, 20:02 2

1. apple4never (Posts: 783; Member since: 08 May 2013)


this is cool for employees and the planet, win win for sure

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 20:14 3

2. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2881; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Should've gone with a W8 tablet.. ;-)

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 21:12 6

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1228; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


too complicated for politicians to understand

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:11 1

11. Jobayer (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


O the irony XD

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 07:04

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2881; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Maybe so.....

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 08:27

15. nasznjoka (Posts: 223; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


but its not an ipad

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 20:20 2

3. byazatt (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


That's my country, and I agree,, should have gone with a w8 tablet

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 20:20

4. byazatt (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


That's my country, and I agree,, should have gone with a w8 tablet

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 20:40 4

5. alterecho (Posts: 994; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


When it comes to books/reading, nothing can come even remotely close to an iPad.
That said, have these countries left their security in the dust??
Every tablet out there runs on OS from three companies based in US and have questionable record of isolating their OS from their government snooping.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 21:02 1

6. byazatt (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


This security issue seems to be ignored my friend

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 21:24 1

8. hemedans (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


Dell venue 8 pro could save 60% of money used and its better in every way than ipad

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 22:21 1

9. kozza3 (Posts: 573; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


yea but its not an ipad

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 07:05

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2881; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Exactly the point..

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 23:48

10. byazatt (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


sure, there is the social status associated with i -stuff that is so much into people

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 07:41 1

14. gidis88 (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


This is nothing but yet another excuse to waste money from poor taxpayers account. kenyan parliamentarians are one of the highest paid MPs in the world and I can confidently say that the amount of money spent on these "useless" devices could have been used for something less expensive and worth it. The prices were intentionally inflated so someone from the inside could get his own share, not to talk of the fact that, owning iPads will only increase the amount of corruption in that country.
There are numerous start ups and other businesses in Kenya that focus on consumer handhelds and could have done this job locally, but these African leaders always try their possible best to look for the most expensive and less effective ways out in any situation they are presented with.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 00:43

16. ndrey (Posts: 41; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


UK like ipad

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