HP, UN to improve IT and Internet in developing countries

Hewlett-Packard and the United Nations Development Programme plan to help developing countries improve their computer systems and expand their access to the Internet.

Hewlett-Packard and the United Nations Development Programme plan to help developing countries improve their computer systems and expand their access to the Internet. Under a multi-year agreement announced in New York City yesterday, HP will donate new enterprise servers, PCs and peripherals to the UNDP's Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP), as well as offer technical advice, officials say.

The first projects will be in Mexico and China, officials say. In Mexico, HP computers will be used at an SDNP project in the Patzcuaro Lake region, to distribute environmental and economic information. In China, the HP equipment will be used in an SDNP environmental and economic project with the State Science and Technology Commission, called Agenda 21, officials say.

HP will also use its Internet hardware and software to help SDNP build an online information access and communications network in 16 countries, officials say.

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