There’s an interesting feature on CNN where the Founder of HCL Infosystems, Ajai Chowdhry talks about the need for continental integration and the overaching importance of broadband over infrastructural facilities such as roads on the continent. Though Chowdury is not of African descent, CP-Africa is all for celebrating progressive thinking and ideas which can either be endorsed for their insight or denounced for their inapplicability…Watch the video below and the brief commentary by CNN’s David McKenzie. What are your thoughts?
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (CNN) — African countries should invest in broadband infrastructure to improve the welfare of their people, according to Ajai Chowdhry, co-founder and CEO of HCL Infosystems, the global IT services provider.
The Indian entrepreneur, who is often described as India’s equivalent to Bill Gates, said access to information will be critical in solving many of the continent’s problems.
“I’ve a very strong belief that Africa should take a leadership position in putting up broadband right down to every village and you’ll see the change,” he said. “If you give people information you can actually transform Africa.”
Chowdhry was co-chair of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania last May. With the theme “Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy,” WEF’s summit focused on the continent’s relationship with major economic partners and looked at its options for a sustainable future.
In 1976, Chowdhry co-founded HCL in a Delhi garage, along with five others deployed emerging microprocessor technology to create India’s first personal computer.
He urged African nations to connect to each other in a similar way to the European Union. “Your power to negotiate becomes better if you all come together,” he said.