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PM Asserts Technology Company Must Back Peddle on Licensing Fees

Monday 14th January, 2019-Prime Minister Gaston Browne has indicated his government is prepared to take the legal route if FourtunaPix, the company responsible for digitizing secondary school textbooks does not agree to reduce the cost it has attached for its licensing fee.

The E-Book Programme is now under the microscope following what Mr. Browne identified as serious procedural issues in its roll out.

Speaking on the Browne & Browne Show at the weekend, the prime minister says the decision that government won’t be footing the bill was met with some resistance, but he is adamant it must be done, even it involves heading to court. But for now FortunaPix appears to be cooperating.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne is insisting there will not be a “fleecing of government resources” in no programme being undertaken by the government.

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An agreement was signed in 2016 between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and FortunaPIX for the commencement of the digitization of textbooks used in public secondary schools. Headquartered in the United States, the company has a developing centre in India.

A total of 30 textbooks covering 15 subject areas are expected to be digitally converted and accessed through tablets issued to secondary school students.

But recent revelations are the deal was not done in the correct manner.

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