Microsoft to open computer training centers in Colombia for former paramilitary fighters
"The fact an American company is willing to support Colombia's peace process in such an enduring way sends a powerful message to Colombia's business community."
- Frank Pearl, Colombian government special envoy
Bogota, Colombia - Software giant Microsoft Corp. has agreed to donate more than US$300,000 (euro240,000) to open computer centers where former paramilitary fighters will receive free training for civilian jobs, the government said Thursday.
The announcement comes after a meeting last month in New York in which President Alvaro Uribe solicited Microsoft chairman Bill Gates' help in reintegrating 30,000 demobilized paramilitaries into the nation's economy.