Rwanda, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Samsung Electronics Ltd, through the Ministry of Youth and Information Communication and Technology, has become the first African country to make a concrete commitment and step forward in adopting Samsung e-Government solutions to aid in efficient service delivery.
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.
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.
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.
Rwanda is among the most dynamic developing countries in terms of ICT, according to the latest report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).