Construction works has begun on an ICT innovation centre in Rwanda that costs a whopping US$ 6m. The launch took place at Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC)-Kigali.
The US$ 6m facility is being constructed through support from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
The mega project is set to enhance innovation, provide consultation services on ICT policies, business and job creation through ICT incubation.
Rwanda Development Board (RDB)’s Chief Executive Officer, Clare Akamanzi, explained that the centre is vital to the country since it will be a cross sector enabler of accelerated growth to achieve their transformational vision.
“Rwanda placed ICT at the centre of its policies as a cross sector enabler of accelerated growth to achieve the country’s transformational vision,” Akamanzi said.
Rwanda is working towards moving from a low-income agriculture-based economy to a knowledge-based and service oriented economy and the partnership with KOICA will help strengthen the technological capabilities of Rwanda through training in ICT technologies and support to business start-ups.
ICT is an enabler not only in improving services but indeed the quality of life; it is also a catalyst for transforming the country. That is why Korea has engaged itself in the development of ICT in Rwanda.
The construction of the project is set for completion in June 2018.
KOICA endeavours to combat poverty and support the socio-economic growth of partner countries, it also establishes and strengthens friendly ties with developing countries.