Published on allAfrica.com, by Katy Gabel, 22 May 2009.
President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania became the first African head of state to visit the Obama White House Thursday, where he discussed issues including Africa’s most pressing conflicts with President Barack Obama …
… Earlier in the week, President Kikwete visited California’s Silicon Valley, where he met with executives at technology giants Cisco, IBM and Google. The three companies “agreed to help” Tanzania, the government-owned Daily News reported.
The newspaper said that at Cisco, Kikwete discussed the “various steps Tanzania was taking in embracing ICT fully, including that of the laying of a fibre-optic [cable] and the establishment of an IT college at the University of Dodoma.”
At Google, he discussed how the government could work with the company to “accelerate development and promote efficiency.” And IBM Vice President Dr. Mark Dean “assured President Kikwete that the century-old company would continue assisting Tanzania in ICT, especially the proposed IT college at the University of Dodoma.”
Kikwete’s meetings with technology companies come just a month before the expected landing date for Seacom, the first of three undersea fiber optic cables which will connect East Africa with Europe … (full text).