In a bid to position Rwanda as an Information Communication Technology (ICT) hub in the region, the country’s ICT private sector chamber is set to set up 100 technology companies to boost tech sector.
The ICT firms each valued at over 50 million U.S dollars will lay a strong foundation for the growth of technology industry in the small Central African country.
Speaking during ICT sector review meeting, Yamanaka Atsushi, executive advisor Rwanda ICT chamber said that the aim is to enhance digital literacy in the country and as well as create jobs.
“Our focus is to advance the technology industry and position Rwanda as a regional ICT hub with lasting social and economic positive changes on Rwandan citizens,” he noted.
According to the chamber, the companies will create high skilled jobs for young ICT enthusiasts and brand Rwanda’s ICT sector for foreign direct Investments and exports.
Rwandan ICT companies have the potential to be at the center stage of regional and global players in terms digital development.
In February this year, Rwanda entered an agreement with Israel that will both countries work together to create solutions to be used across the globe
In 2013, Rwanda and ITU co-hosted the Transform Africa Summit, which saw the birth of Smart Africa Alliance, a platform that is quickly shaping the future of ICT adoption on the continent.
The government plans to establish an ICT park that will be a base
of technological investments, including training, industries, research and development.
Last year Rwanda rolled out 4th Generation Long-Term Evolution (4GLTE) internet network offering the fastest wireless broadband on high-speed data for mobile phones and devices such as modems and routers.
The government targets to have 95 per cent of Rwandans connected to internet by 2017.Rwanda has been ranked among top ten countries in Africa that are most dynamic performers when it comes to Information Communication Technology (ICT) development