12/8/2011

Turkey’s Fatih Project an investment in future, Rim CEO Lazaridis says

Milliyet - Turkey’s high-tech education endeavor, the Fatih Project is an investment in the future, according to the founder and CEO of Canadian mobile equipment producer Research in Motion (RIM), famous for its Blackberry handsets.

“Taking education to a higher level using high-tech means a future proof investment,” said Mike Lazaridis at the Turkish Innovation Conference organized by the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM) that took place in his birthplace, Istanbul. “Turkey remains at the forefront of putting mobile technologies to good use. RIM’s mobile banking application was first used by a Turkish bank,” as Lazaridis described the fast adaptation of the latest mobile technologies by Turkey’s young and dynamic population.

Stating that RIM was interested in Turkey’s Fatih Project, Lazaridis spoke of Turkey’s rapid growth in the last decade and the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s special emphasis on innovation. “The focus on innovation and education inspires confidence in Turkey’s future. That is why I am here today,” he noted.

The USD 7.5 billion Fatih Project envisions the distribution of millions of tablet PCs for primary education students all over Turkey. Turkey aims to procure the tablet PCs and other high-tech education equipment locally, through partnership between Turkish and foreign companies.
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