First made-in-Haiti tablet captures local youth’s interest

2013-11-26HaitiDreams1 Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe with one of the new tablets

By Joe Colas

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) — The first touch-screen tablet manufactured in Haiti and its affordable price have captured the interest of Haitians, particularly within low income households and the youth, who believe they now have a unique opportunity to fulfill their dream to own one, as the use of technological devices grows in popularity in the Caribbean country.

The Android operating system-based tablet, called Surtab, the very first to be assembled in Haiti is a source for pride and hope for many who wish to have access to such technological tools to connect to the internet and enjoy the benefits of so many online programs and opportunities.

“We are proud to have this tablet that is made in Haiti and it works fine and, as you can see, I am using it,” Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told HCNN as he held a Surtab tablet in his hands.

The Surtab company CEO, Belgian entrepreneur Maarten Boute, said his commitment is to offer a big-value product at affordable cost to make sure the youth and many professionals can have access to such a tool that they can use for their studies and their daily work.

“We want to democratize access and we want almost every single Haitian to be able to afford our product to serve the purpose of their technological needs,” Boute told HCNN.

“We want people to know that Haiti can be an important crossroad for appliances and electronics manufacturing,” said Boute who partnered with the Haitian Coles family in this endeavour.

“Haiti has very good working people and they have the passion,” he said.


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