Prime Minister Dr. Edourd Ngirente has urged African governments to collaborate with the private sector and invest in innovation and technology in order to enable young people to succeed in a digital world.
He made the call while officially opening the fourth annual general shareholders’ meeting of the Africa 50, which is taking place at Kigali Convention Centre.
He said that the continent needs to create it’s own agenda in innovation and technology, among other areas.
He said these investments will always require a lot of resources and there is need of collaboration and partnership between governments, private sector and other partners to make the investments successful.
“In Rwanda, we started with laying the foundations by investing in infrastructure that led to 95%% country fiber network coverage. With the infrastructure in place, we looked to digitize our services, connecting government to citizens through online services to improve service delivery,” he said.
He added that today, Rwanda has 90 services online on a platform called Irembo and that they are now looking at universal digital literacy of young people by 2024 as well as capitalizing on innovation and technology to develop the economy and reduce poverty.
Among the private sector partners of the government he said that Africa 50 has been a great example – stepping in to partner with the government in developing Kigali Innovation City, a flagship project to accelerate innovation ecosystem in the country.
Similarly, he said, the Africa Development Bank has been a great partner in different areas including ICT, education and innovation.
He said this demonstrates that the era we live in requires partnership and collaboration with the private sector and our citizens.
President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Africa 50, Dr Akinwumi Adesina said that in the short time Rwanda has been a shareholder of Africa 50, they have built an effective partnership.
“We are pleased that Rwanda chose Africa 50 as its partner for the ground-breaking Kigali Innovation City Project. The Kigali Innovation City Project will be a hub for world-class innovation,” he said.
He said that it will turn young people into leading entrepreneurs and innovators who will be able to compete in the knowledge and innovation-driven global economy.
Today, Africa 50 is working several partners including national government partners, project developers and development finance institutions to develop bankable projects through its project development company.
PM Ngirente: This is why the Rwandan Government continuously seeks new reforms to improve the investment climate. As you know, today we are ranked 1st easiest place to do business in the region, 2nd in Africa and 29th globally.
— Office of the PM | Rwanda (@PrimatureRwanda) July 10, 2019