Kenyan Parliament going paperless with the iPad

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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16 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

2. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

too complicated for politicians to understand

11. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

O the irony XD

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Maybe so.....

15. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

but its not an ipad

3. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

4. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

6. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

This security issue seems to be ignored my friend

8. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

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

9. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

yea but its not an ipad

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Exactly the point..

10. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

14. gidis88

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

16. ndrey

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

UK like ipad

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