Kenyan Parliament going paperless with the iPad
posted by Michael H. / Jan 20, 2014, 7:57 PM
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.According to Kenya's
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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Should've gone with a W8 tablet.. ;-)
posted on Jan 20, 2014, 8:14 PM 3
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too complicated for politicians to understand
posted on Jan 20, 2014, 9:12 PM 6
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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 Jan 20, 2014, 8:40 PM 4
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Dell venue 8 pro could save 60% of money used and its better in every way than ipad
posted on Jan 20, 2014, 9:24 PM 1
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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 Jan 21, 2014, 7:41 AM 1
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