The Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in collaboration with Work Bank hosts the Smart Rwanda Days on 17-18th June 2013. The event is part of a co-creation exercise involving global experts and Rwandans running on social media and which aimed to identify possible “Smart” solutions (in this context, meaning “innovative, information-driven, ICT – enabled”). It is a high level meeting which is designed to help stakeholders develop a shared vision for Smart Rwanda.
Smart Rwanda will be a citizen-centric and business-friendly, accessible and sustainable Information and Service Delivery ecosystem, realized through public and private investments, to transform the economy and enhance the well-being of individuals and the community.
In his key note address the Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana said that “Smart Rwanda aims at looking at all innovative ways ICT can drive to achieve socio-economic transformation agenda of our country… Key to the success of Smart Rwanda is sustainability of all our interventions. Our strategy will be to rely on the much needed private sector resources and capabilities”.
Smart Rwanda will harness the transformative powers of ICTs and their cross-cutting nature to help increase the productivity of other sectors, help achieve the targeted 11.5% average GDP and economic transformation hence the ten Smart Rwanda verticals i.e. Smart Education, Smart Healthcare, Smart Governance, Smart Business, Smart Agriculture, Smart Environment, Smart Job Creation, Smart Infrastructure, Smart Girls and Smart Cities.
Smart Rwanda will also contribute to rural development and reduction of poverty to less than 30% through deployment of Smart Villages throughout the country.
Through Smart Rwanda, the ICT sector reaffirms its role as a leader in innovations. The sector aims to do things Smarter, which is to do more with less. To ensure sustainability of development initiatives for example, the sector will deploy Public-Private Partnership (PPP) models, and Green technologies.
Minister Nsengimana said that “Key to the success of Smart Rwanda is sustainability of all our interventions. Our strategy will be to rely on the much needed private sector resources and capabilities”.
“The Government of Rwanda approach will be to intervene in only those indispensable public good projects where it does not make business sense for private sector actors to invest or to invest in early-stage ventures so as to showcase opportunity and stimulate future private sector investment”, stressed Minister Nsengimana.
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