Ministry of Education and UNDP explain controversial contract for laptops and tablets


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Feb 20, 2019

The Ministry of Education says that 64% of the RD$13 billion paid to the United Nations for advisory services was used to fund the purchase of laptops, notebooks and tablets, as reported in Diario Libre. The purchase is confusing. Diario Libre has been following the purchase and says the transaction’s full details are not yet known.

During the presentation, David Lapaix, financial programming director for the Ministry of Education, said that the United Nations operation purchased 800,000 computers for RD$8.27 billion. He said the Ministry had savings of US$17 million.

Inka Mattila, local representative for the United Nations Development Plan, said the UN has charged US$4.6 million for its advisory services to the Ministry of Public Health. She said the UNDP-Ministry of Education purchase was for 1,740,000 electronic devices at the cost of RD$21.16 billion...

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