, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 25 – Samsung Electronics Ltd has sealed an agreement with the government of Rwanda geared at facilitating the rollout of information technology solutions.
The partnership is expected to play a key role in bridging the country’s digital divide in the fast growing country while boosting its Vision 2020 long term economic and social development plan.
With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) through the Ministry of Youth and Information Communication and Technology, Rwanda becomes the first African state to make a concrete commitment and step forward in adopting Samsung e-Government solutions to aid in efficient service delivery.
Among the MoU highlights will be efforts to collaborate in education and job creation development, youth leadership, consumer electronic devices and mobile applications development programmes featuring the Samsung Smart Government Solutions.
The MoU may also see Rwanda adopt customised Samsung solutions such as a Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS).
Speaking in Kigali during the MoU signing ceremony which was preceded by a stakeholders workshop comprising all stakeholders in the country’s ICT sector which include Education, Health and Justice among other government Institutions, Rwanda’s Minister for Youth and ICT Jean Philbert Nsengimana confirmed that the government of Rwanda is exploring feasible avenues to guide its e-Government solutions rollout.
The signing of the agreement, Nsengimana explained, is the first step, towards ensuring that the Rwanda government is well positioned to adopt Samsung’s patented solutions on the education, healthcare, security, and e-Governance.
“We are looking forward to working with Samsung Electronics in achieving Rwanda’s Vision 2020 of transforming the country into a middle income country and more specifically to develop access to ICT down to the administrative sector level,” he added.
Rwanda is among the most dynamic developing countries in terms of ICT, according to the latest report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Speaking at the same ceremony, Samsung Electronics East Africa Managing Director, Jong Oh Lee said: “This strategic ICT partnership with the Rwandan Government will ensure a continued multiplier effect on economic growth as Samsung has gained extensive understanding and insight in all areas of government service.”