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Cuba: Computer Sciences Key to Local Development
Lee, who is the director of computer sciences development for the Cuban Higher Education Ministry, said access to information was vital for all higher learning centers across the island so they can help solve local needs.

Lee's presentation on the use of information technologies in community- based university venues opened this "Informatica 2009" 13th International Convention that began today in Havana.

The education official stressed that new technologies could provide equal access to information from any part of the island, but Cuba suffers from connectivity limitations as a result of the US economic blockade on the island.

Lee explained that the US blockade kept against Cuba for nearly 50 years limits access to bandwidth required for efficient data transmission. He said all higher education centers in the country are connected to the ministry hub, which enables full access to text books used in different careers, in total more than 80,000 entries created by Cuban and foreign authors.

The computer sciences congress will extend until Friday, February 13, at two venues, the Havana's Convention Center and the Pabexpo fairground.

(Juventud Rebelde)

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