Rwanda to host ICT and Innovation Summit
As Mauritius eyes the ICT sector for giving a boost to its economy, a Pan-African ICT and innovation summit to be hosted by Rwanda may be a golden opportunity for the island nation to connect with the rest of the continent. (Image: www.biztechafrica.com)
As Mauritius eyes the ICT sector for giving a boost to its economy, a Pan-African ICT and innovation summit to be hosted by Rwanda may be a golden opportunity for the island nation to connect with the rest of the continent.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is also expected to participate in the “Transform Africa 2013 Summit” to be held from 28 to 31 October in Kigali, the capital of the East African economy. This event is expected to bring together more than a thousand participants from Africa and beyond, representing various sectors including governments, business and the youth, to discuss the future of broadband in the region.
The first day of the summit will review what Africa has achieved in ICT since the influential Connect Africa Summit of 2007, hosted exactly six years earlier by the Government of Rwanda. The summit will also feature five key events including the Leaders’ Summit, the Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Extravaganza, an international tech exhibition and Continental Awards.
In Kigali, a report titled “Connecting Africa: An Assessment of Progress towards the Connect Africa Summit Goals” by AfDB is expected to be launched as the AfDB’s Vice-President for Infrastructure, Gilbert Mbesherubusa, makes a keynote statement.
Mbesherubusa noted that the Transform Africa Summit builds on the success of the Connect Africa Summit. He stated that the summit is important because not only does it take discussions forward as to the use Africa must make of ICT, but because it has a convening power with many countries present. This would ensure that no one is excluded from the discussions and that all can learn from one another’s experience, he added.
Rwanda’s minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, said that the meeting is a prime opportunity for leaders in both public and private sectors to explore ways that next generation technology can drive social and economic transformation across the African continent.
Valentine Rugwabiza, CEO of Rwanda Development Board, noted that once infrastructure is in place, it is paramount that all nations play their part in driving investments in content development and service delivery.
The summit is co-organized by the government of Rwanda and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU); while the AfDB has provided financial support to ensure its success, and in keep with the Bank’s commitment to the development of ICTs in Africa.
Source: Africa Development Bank (AfDB)