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President unveils S&T Innovation Park in Swaziland

Apr 11, 2018
 President unveils S&T Innovation Park in Swaziland

The President of India Ramnath Kovind and The Prime Minister of Swaziland, Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini unveiled Royal Science and Technology Innovation Park in Phocweni, Swaziland on April 10, 2018. The park has been constructed by a leading Indian EPC Company Angelique International Limited (AIL), this facility, although operational will formally be dedicated to the people of Swaziland by His Majesty King Mswati III later.

The $20-million IT Park has been financed by the Government of India under bilateral cooperation, and will contribute positively to attain Swazi Government’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through use of Information Technology. The construction was divided into various phases, including construction of office facilities and e-government facilities, as also, transfer of skills. It is Angelique’s extreme competence and professionalism that they delivered the project to the best satisfaction of the Swazi government.

Rakesh Kumar Ahuja, Executive VP, Angelique said, “The newly-constructed park comprises of education center – named Advanced School of IT (ASIT) which is running five course under franchisee agreement with one of renowned IT education provider (APTECH). Students have already completed first semester. National Contact Centre (NCC-call centre) with working space of 204 calling agents with in-built training center. NCC already has MOU with Swazi Post & Telecom, Swazi Bank, FNB Bank, Swazi Election Commission. Incubation center to convert ideas to entrepreneur on the concept of startup system like we have in India is also operational with seven incubates and has capacity of almost 100. Common facilities like conference rooms, video conferencing room, meeting rooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, recreation centre make it a place to work for. It also house a state-of-the-art data centre with 66 smart racks called National Data Centre (NDC) to become hub for hosting data of all government functions and also to become gateway of all online functions. Migration process to new data centre has already started.”