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Govt delays deal-signing as deadline guarantee missed

SIRIVISH TOOMGUM

THE NATION

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BANGKOK: -- The Information and Communications Technology Ministry has delayed the signing of a contract to purchase Chinese tablet computers for Prathom 1 students until Tuesday after Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development failed to produce a guarantee from the Bank of China by yesterday.

ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap said both sides needed to have all the required documents ready before the deal can be signed, and the Thai side was ready.

The ministry informed the Chinese supplier in the afternoon that the Office of the Attorney-General had just finished its review of the contract and asked the company to prepare the documents to complete the deal.

However, the Chinese manufacturer could not get a standby guarantee for 5 per cent of the project value by the deadline, he said.

The Bt1.9-billion project has proceeded in strict compliance with all laws and regulations, he said.

The One Tablet Per Child policy was a hallmark of the Pheu Thai Party's winning election campaign.

The ruling party has been determined to push the project through despite words of caution from many sides regarding not only the cost of the programme but the possibility that the devices will be used inappropriately.

The project will distribute 900,000 tablets from the Chinese supplier to Prathom 1 students.

All of the tablets should be delivered by July, with the first batch of about 2,000 to reach teachers early next month, he said.

He declined to give more details of the devices, pending the sealing of the deal.

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-- The Nation 2012-04-06

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TABLETS FROM CHINA

Govt delays deal-signing as deadline guarantee missed

SIRIVISH TOOMGUM

THE NATION

30179481-01_big.jpg

BANGKOK: -- The Information and Communications Technology Ministry has delayed the signing of a contract to purchase Chinese tablet computers for Prathom 1 students until Tuesday after Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development failed to produce a guarantee from the Bank of China by yesterday.

ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap said both sides needed to have all the required documents ready before the deal can be signed, and the Thai side was ready.

The ministry informed the Chinese supplier in the afternoon that the Office of the Attorney-General had just finished its review of the contract and asked the company to prepare the documents to complete the deal.

However, the Chinese manufacturer could not get a standby guarantee for 5 per cent of the project value by the deadline, he said.

The Bt1.9-billion project has proceeded in strict compliance with all laws and regulations, he said.

The One Tablet Per Child policy was a hallmark of the Pheu Thai Party's winning election campaign.

The ruling party has been determined to push the project through despite words of caution from many sides regarding not only the cost of the programme but the possibility that the devices will be used inappropriately.

The project will distribute 900,000 tablets from the Chinese supplier to Prathom 1 students.

All of the tablets should be delivered by July, with the first batch of about 2,000 to reach teachers early next month, he said.

He declined to give more details of the devices, pending the sealing of the deal.

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-- The Nation 2012-04-06

The finger pointing has already begun...a business partnership with Thailand is never a good idea.

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If they are clever they will pull out of the deal - who wants to go into business with someone that with a very minimal time-frame makes demands and then publicly blames you for delays because of it?

Unless the tablets are overpriced junk-clones and the whole sale is a scam, ofcourse...

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Not signing contract may make it difficult for govt to meet tablet deadline

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BANGKOK: -- Since the signing of the tabletPC purchase contract was postponed yesterday, it might become quite difficult for the government to deliver the devices to firstgrade students when schools reopen in mid May.

The government and the Chinese company postponed the signing of the deal yesterday to next Tuesday, Information and Communications Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap said, adding that the delivery schedule was also likely to be delayed. However, he said the government was doing its best to meet the May deadline.

"The Office of the Attorney General has already returned the draft to the ICT Ministry, which has prepared all the documents. We are waiting for Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development to tell us when it is ready to sign the contract," he added.

In response to reports that the company had not obtained a bank guarantee, he said the ministry would have to look into the issue.

Earlier this week, Anudith said his ministry would send a draft of the contract to the Attorney General for review, and expected it to be signed by yesterday.

The first batch of 2,000 tablets is due to be delivered for inspection 15 days after the contract is signed. Anudith said the devices will be closely checked and if any flaws are discovered, the entire manufacturing process will have to be revamped from the start.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Suchart Tadathamrongvej said about one million tablets, requiring a budget of Bt2.4 billion, would be bought for Prathom 1 students in both government and private schools.

On Tuesday, ministry officials showed Prathom 1 students how they could use their tablets.

Chinnapat Bhumirat, secretarygeneral of the Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec), said 336 lessons for English and Thai languages, maths, social studies and science would be installed in each tablet in addition to PDF files. Obec will also provide a dictionary as well as drawing and painting applications, and is wondering if it should include multiplication tables, poetry and other applications.

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-- The Nation 2012-04-06

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Remember my post from a monthe ago

Posted 2012-03-18 10:30:05

Watch my words, they will delay and delay this project untill they find the perfect excuse to cancel the whole project.

My bet is on a quality issue.

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/541595-cabinet-to-mull-tablet-plan-tuesday/page__view__findpost__p__5143495

We're getting closer and closer to that stage of the fake election promises program.

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Obec will also provide a dictionary as well as drawing and painting applications, and is wondering if it should include multiplication tables

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-- The Nation 2012-04-06

Did they work that out with a calculator.

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"The Bt1.9-billion project has proceeded in strict compliance with all laws and regulations, he said."

Making sure as many greedy hands get there cut as possible.

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20 years ago my old 286 desktop had a simple little program that randomly picked slots on a multiplication table for my daughter to fill in, then logged number of mistakes and time taken. I made her try it 3 times daily until she succeeded 3 times without an error in under 2 minutes. Then she got a nice reward and a skill for life.

Put that on a tablet? Why, it's got a calculator.

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I wonder which of the 2 parties dosen't have their Documents Ready!!!!!! Does anyone want to wager which party that is?????????????????????????????????????????coffee1.gif

Thailand's Government should really try hard to not always make excuses, coz I am sure the other party has children of their own at home they

have to deal with. violin.gif

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They are going to deliver to all students even though they don't have electricity in their school.

Shock they can't even deliver to all the first graders.much less all the students. But it is OK they already got thge votes they needed to befirst in line for he corruption money.

Why

Because a bank is not sure of the deal.

Next excuse will be Thaksin is not sure he owns enough of the supplying company.

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The Information and Communications Technology Ministry has delayed the signing of a contract to purchase Chinese tablet computers for Prathom 1 students until Tuesday after Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development failed to produce a guarantee from the Bank of China by yesterday.

I though it was the buyer that had to produce a "Bank-garanti, for the seller to be sure he get paid.

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I though it was the buyer that had to produce a "Bank-garanti, for the seller to be sure he get paid.

Only in the normal world.

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I though it was the buyer that had to produce a "Bank-garanti, for the seller to be sure he get paid.

Only in the normal world.

Ohps! Yes sure, I forgot.

Thanks for reminding me.

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All the required documents not in place? Sounds like a job for the Immigration officers and their stamping skills to me..

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