Addressing the Tunisian people on the 45th anniversary of his country's independence from France—an occasion which also celebrates Youth Day— President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali announced a new information technology policy among Tunisia’s youth.
Among the measures is the creation of a presidential award in the area of information and communication technologies, to be awarded annually to “young people achieving excellence in this field".
The president also called for the establishment of dedicated facilities within cultural and youth institutions to teach foreign languages.
Starting this week, the Tunisian Solidarity Bank, a micro-credit financial institution, will begin extending loans to medium-income Tunisian households to allow them to acquire low cost personal computers.
The number of Internet users in Tunisia is currently estimated to stand at 300,000. Nine service Internet access providers cater to institutional and individual subscribers. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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