An agreement to establish tele-medicine and tele-education centres signed between the Ethiopian Information Communication Technology Development Agency (EICTDA) and the Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL). The agreement entitles the Indian company to establish the tele-medicine and tele-education centres in Ethiopia which lasts three years with possibilities of extension. The Indian Government will cover the 2.1 million birr budget necessary for the ution of the establishment of the trial project which will be finalized after few months. The centres will enable Ethiopians to benefit from the medical treatment and education service from countries abroad using satellite connectivity. The Addis Ababa University and the Black Lion Hospital will serve as the centres for the tele-education and tele-medicine respectively. Ethiopia is the first country to sign for the establishment of the pilot project planned by the Indian government to expand the project throughout Africa.