President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, accompanied by the country’s Minister of Youth and ICT Jean Philbert Nsengimana, the Director General of the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) and other government representatives participated in the Broadband Commission meeting, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Huawei Technologies.
After the official meeting, President Kagame and the Chairwoman of Huawei Technologies Ms Sun Yafang deliberated on how Rwanda can partner with Huawei to develop the country’s ICT industry.
(TOP: Rwanda President Paul Kagame – centre -, Huawei Chairwoman Ms Sun Yafang and ITU Secretary General Mr Zhao Houlin -second from left – witnessed the signing of the MoU between Rwanda government and Huawei).
During the talks, Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Rwanda to open all-round cooperation in the ICT industry. The MoU is intended to assist Rwanda in building Regional Data Centers, National Broadband, Smart Grid and Smart Education among other infrastructures to promote Rwanda to become the regional ICT Hub.
Huawei also donated a Smart Education Demonstration to the Rwandan government to help promote the smart education development process. As part of its CSR efforts in Rwanda, Huawei will roll out its global CSR flagship Program Seeds for the Future in Rwanda to cultivate more local ICT talent.
President Kagame expressed his gratitude to Huawei for its continuous efforts to use advanced ICT technology in connecting Rwanda to promote the digitalization process.
“Huawei is a leading International ICT company. Rwanda attaches great importance to the impetus from ICT industry to the economic and social development. I expect Huawei to use advanced information and communication technology to participate in the information construction in Rwanda, and to help Rwanda develop more ICT professionals. I’m sure in the future, Rwandan and Huawei will work directly,” said Kagame.
“ICT is the cornerstone of intelligent society and will help boost the digital economy in Rwanda. Focusing on the improvement of ICT infrastructure in Rwanda, we will continuously introduce advanced technology and solutions and share our global experience to promote Rwanda to become the regional ICT Hub, and to achieve the cooperation and mutual benefits”, said Sun Yafang.
Huawei has been operating in Rwanda for more than 10 years and has a staff localization rate of over 80%.