ICT sector

He was speaking on Wednesday at the just concluded ‘Transform Africa 2015’ summit that opened Monday in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.

ICT sector
The high level global technology co-hosted by President Kagame and Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Houlin Zhao convened about 2500 delegates from across the world that include among others heads of Smart Africa organizations, delegates from UN Broadband Commission on digital Development, technology chief executives, technology experts and young innovators.

Prime ministers from several African countries such as Mali and Uganda and as well as ICT Ministers of Gabon, Kenya, South Sudan and Angola attended the event.

“Technology will flourish in Africa based on heavy investment in the industry. Investing heavily in the sector will play a key role towards transforming the continent’s economic growth,” said Kagame.

He noted that investing in ICTs is not at the expense of other sectors, but promotes the growth of other sectors.

“Investments in ICTs are essential in taking any country to the next level of productivity and efficiency. Rwanda has significantly invested in ICT infrastructures but more investment is needed to exploit those structures,” said Rwanda president.

“Africa’s digital revolution should be a revolution in its real sense, not just good words. Africa can no longer be excluded from globalization.”

Rwanda has registered more than 150 million U.S. dollars worth of investment in ICT projects over the last two years but the country is seeking for more investments as it targets to be the regional technology hub.

The meeting provided an opportunity to technology enthusiasts and government leaders to deliberate ways on how technology can drive the economic and social development in Africa.

The three-day forum dubbed “Accelerating Digital Innovation,” focused on nurturing Africa’s digital talent to foster cross border entrepreneurship.

Transform Africa 2015 main components included, Leaders’ Summit, Smart Africa Board and Steering Committee, according to a statement from the organizing committee of the meeting.

Innovation, policy, private sector, broadband, advocacy and sustainable development topped the agenda of the forum.

According to Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda Prime Minister African countries need to work together to capitalize on emerging opportunities in the ICT industry.

“What we need to see now is greater investment in ICT, so that we in this region can have digitize our economies and compete favourably with international economies,” he said.

The Transform Africa attracted 25 exhibitors who are showcasing achievements of ICT in Africa, to inspire upcoming ICT entrepreneurs.

According to technology experts, Africa needs more than 300 billion U.S. dollars to invest in ICTs and establish a smart continent. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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