A Japanese delegation led by Masahiko TominagaVice, Minister of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and Hiroshi Kato, the Senior Vice President for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is expected in Kigali by Sunday to attend the Transform Africa Summit.
About 28 institutions, (private companies, Ministries, Municipal Government, and Universities) have confirmed their presence and an 8 square meter special pavilion is already set to cater for their exhibition.
The Public Relations Manager for JICA in Kigali, Aya Kagota, told Taarifa that JICA’s participation at the event will be highlighted by Japan Pavilion.
The Pavilion is a premium exhibition and innovation space that will allow a display of Japanese technologies and innovations. The pavilion will act as a gateway to Japan at the summit.
Japan is very interested in exploring what Rwanda has to offer, but also getting to present what Japan can offer as well in the realm of ICT.
Under JICA, the delegation will exhibit Japan’s strong areas in research, innovation and advanced academic fields.
Japan Pavilion will expose a blend of culture and technology at the bedrock of development.
Multiple Japanese tech companies will showcase a range of cutting edge technologies for the 21st century and beyond.
The Pavilion will also serve as an accelerator of furthering partnership among Japan, Rwanda, and African countries.
Also, it highlights JICA’s contribution to the growth and development of the ICT industry and steady increase of investments and partnerships of Japanese companies in Rwanda.
Additionally, JICA will host “Start-up 250 Kick-Off Event” with ICT chamber on May 8th from 4pm to 5:30pm at Spotlight Hub (AD12).
The event is to enhance Rwanda’s ICT chamber’s initiative called “Start-up 250” to create an appropriate and effective mechanism to foster technology start-ups with an initial result of creating at least 250 technology start-ups.
Mr. Hiroshi Kato, will be at “Digital Health Hub: Innovation for Digital Health –Biotech, Drones, Internet of Things, Mobile, Big data, Artificial Intelligence: Where are the quick wins” partnering with International Telecommunication Union and World Health Organization.
JICA has been one of the key stakeholders in ICT sector in Rwanda.
These opportunities at TAS will thus show specific information detailing JICA’s support to the growth and development of the ICT sector in Rwanda, including the ICT innovation ecosystem strengthening project that started last year and will run for three years.
The project aims to ensure that ICT innovation ecosystem in Rwanda is systematically enhanced to supplement the realisation of Smart Rwanda Master Plan.