Kagame: Rwanda Maximizing Value from Technology Investments

Rwanda President Paul Kagame has emphasised technology as one of the “key enablers of development,” reaffirming government’s commitment to the development of ICT infrastructure.

“Rwanda is now one place you will find IT and development services based on that across the country and linking with the region,” said Kagame.

“We have about 4,000km of fiber optic cable spread across the country to serve cities, businesses, schools and hospitals. Because of this investment in infrastructure, we have been encouraging young people to study science and engineering,” he added.

There is evidence that ICTs facilitate economic growth, principally by increasing productivity, reducing poverty and creation of jobs.

Technology also is key in the transformation of key sectors especially health, education and defence.

Speaking at the Nantucket project event held in Massachusetts, United States on Saturday, Kagame also spoke about making Rwanda a business friendly environment to investors.

“As a government we had to create an environment that easily allowed for us to understand the needs of investors,” said Kagame, adding, “Anyone who comes to Rwanda wants security for themselves and their investment. We had to ensure such an environment.”

The Nantucket Project gathers 500 visionaries and seekers to the island to discuss the boldest and most thought-provoking ideas.

Kagame said tapping into the different sources of financial capital; Rwandans can be more productive.

“Our people have to have the capacity, skills and knowledge to be useful to themselves and country. It is a combination of this investment in human capital that we now have to combine with the business environment,” said the President.

Kagame further spoke on healing the nation following the 1994 genocide, saying, “Forgiving and rebuilding were a necessity, we were a country that lost everything.”

“The entire population was affected, whether on the side of victims or the perpetrators. We had to find a way to reconcile. We looked each other in the eyes and asked: How do we reconcile and start building? So we had to make a choice,” he added.

“This was the thinking; Forgiving is a process as well as a choice and we had to do the very thing required to start rebuilding. It was also about having a conversation with each other on what went wrong and why and how can we turn the tide,” the president emphasised.

At least one million mainly Tustis were killed in the Rwanda genocide.

“In the end, the reality is that everybody lost. There is not a single family in Rwanda that did not lose.  We also realized it was not going to come from outside, it was going to start from the inside, with ourselves. Part of the process of forgiveness was to say look what happened by emphasizing our differences. We asked what we could gain by emphasizing what unites us. Our diversity also has the potential to rebuild the country.”

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