Thailand decided to buy up to 900,000
tablet computers from China via a government-to-government contract
with payment made in cash and produce for its One Tablet per Child
A memorandum of
understanding on the planned procurement was signed by the two
countries, said Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Minister Anudith Nakorntha yesterday.
“We are negotiating
the price and payment options with China”, he said. He also
expected the negotiations to conclude this month.
He added that the
negotiation would be based on mutual benefit. “The negotiation will
be fair to both sides. China is a big manufacturer. It can offer
tablets at a competitive price”.
that the government had already approved a THB 1.9-billion budget
(US$ 63.3 million) for the procurement of 560,000 tablets to the
Ministry of Education, though the ICT ministry will handle the
However, he said that more funds would
be needed because the Education Ministry plans to distribute the
devices to all 860,000 first graders before the start of the upcoming
semester in May. With some tablets to be given to children in other
grades, the ministry will need up to 900,000 units of them.