Cuba Factory Assembles 7,000 Laptops and Tablets for Domestic Distribution

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Havana, Cuba — The Industrial Company for Informatics, Communications and Electronics (GEDEME by its Spanish acronym) in Havana has assembled the first 3,500 laptops and 3,583 tablets for Cuban government agencies and organizations.

The initiative is part of an effort by the Cuban government to continue expanding, within the limit of financial constraints, the secure computerization of local society.

Fernando Fernandez, chief of the Computer Solutions Project, said that, for the current year, the goal is to reach 50,000 units, from the arrival of the parts and components provided by the Chinese company Haier, with which agreements were signed for the transfer of technologies.

He noted that the training of personnel concluded on January 20 with the participation of the Chinese experts, who were satisfied with the competence of the operators who will take up this challenge.

Fernandez explained that currently the entity is immersed in the second stage of the project that includes the assembly of 40 percent of the equipment received from China. He said that facilities have been created to undertake the manufacture of touch screens.

He said the program also involves the University of Computer Science, which provides the Nova operating systems, computer applications and their production processes. GEDEME is in charge of the installation of the equipment, the production process and commercialization through wholesale chains. China provides all the technology, raw materials and guarantees the processes of training and technical exchange with Cuban specialists.

The modern hybrid line installed in Cuba can assemble 120,000 laptops annually, all sixth generation.

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