The Sixth Scientific Conference On TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER FOR DEVELOPMENT, Khartoum, 8-10 April 2003: Establishing Basic Levels of Technology Transfer for :Sudan Documentation and Library Services:Challenges and Opportunities /By: Rafaa Ashamallah Ghobrial||
The coordinating ministry for local governments has established a national network consisting of a LAN in each of the 26states. The network provides management and statistical information on health, agriculture, food, and other matters related to local governments to the centre. In addition, National Information Centre of Council of Ministers has started to implement the second phase of National Information Network.
A modern network using frame relay technology now covers Greater Khartoum and the major cities. It links banks, universities and other organisations, and it has a speed of 2 Mbps and supports remote logins, FTP, e-mail and teleconferencing.
The establishment of a Higher Education Network is underway. Currently, it is an administrative network connecting 26 government universities. For example, the University of Gezira established an e-mail service at the Faculty of Medicine and also linked with the Centre for International Health (CIH) at McMaster University in Canada. The system connects twice a day with the GreenNet Internet gateway in London. There is an operational HealthNet [http://www.healthnet.org/hnet/sud.html] node at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Khartoum.
Information and Communication Hardware: The tax levied on imported computers and communication equipment has been reduced from 20% down to 6%. Computers are being assembled in Sudan. A local private factory, for example, Saria, produces annually 10,000 PC monitors, 1,000 HF communication equipment and 2,500 VHF.