ICT Documentary Rwanda (RDB)



ten years ago ICT was chosen as the main driver for our socio-economic transformation and for achieving our national vision 2020 in doing so we would leapfrog from a predominantly agricultural based economy to a service based economy powered by ICT what we've seen over the last ten years the Tyrande has grown by over eight percent annually for the last ten years and so we are on track to become a median considered country and our divas role is to promote the private sector contribution to making Rhonda amido income such as country by the year 2020 Wonder has chosen ICT as a key enabler and engine of transformation for national economic development and specifically government has intervened in key sectors for example infrastructure development there's been an investment by the government to have a nationwide optic fiber infrastructure broadband is a key driver for social economy transformation and what BSE is doing is actually to make it available everywhere in the country we are spread all over the country with the nation we have 30 districts BSE is everywhere name it the smallest location of the country we are everywhere with the same level of infrastructure for all London's this is the network operation and control room of BSE it is from here that we control the fiber infrastructure and the data center infrastructure to ensure that we provide the best customer experience Rhonda's business environment according to the World Bank has been the second most dynamic over the last six years the World Bank has a tracking system where they see countries that are reforming the business environment and how they're doing that and that is because we've been very bold in terms of the business environment reforms that we've done and we've made lots of reforms lots of changes and because of that what that has resulted in Rhonda today is ranked the third most competitive African economy our regulatory approach is really participatory kind of process we make sure that every regulation that wanted to issue goes through a consultative process where all stakeholders give us the abuse before we initiate any regulation and we make sure that at every stage before the approval by the regulatory board the operators consumers have been involved and that's how we have been able to manage the that participatory approach as well today the London market has three GSM operators I'm Tien Teague and and after empty and empty under wonder as of today we are we are talking about 69 percent market share more than 3.2 million subscriber which actually put us as leader in telecom business in England in the wonder and to be in such position and to maintain the leadership in Telecom and Rwanda market give us more responsibility and more challenge actually in our business in order to do to keep our customers satisfied and happy with our network and with our services you will see in the coming here in Ronda the development of value-added service the software industry the ice speed industry you will see a lot of young people with innovation being able to access the market because took the barrier and the costs that were previously associated with that has been removed by both regulatory investment business environment so and that's why as a private sector we are organising ourselves and looking at what we need to do in order to take advantage of all those opportunities this is whole approach to delivering financial services is it's through ICT infrastructure so the reason that we're here in Rwanda is because it had that infrastructure for us to utilize now reaching underserved customers requires new business models and potentially new technologies but because of the groundwork and foundation that Rwanda has laid in terms of ICT connectivity we're able to utilize mobile connectivity basic landline infrastructure things of that nature to reach populations that we haven't been able I city buses are helping to bring ICT services to the citizens within rural areas of the country again to help in terms of bringing ICT for development closer to the people and making it a reality and essentially this is a bus with ICT computers connected to internet and we deliver specific programs training programs through people this could be school going children could be local business people local government people women different groups of people within the rural setting and they move from sector to sector across the country targeting areas where they do not have other forms of all access to ICT so the One Laptop Per Child Program not only brings computers to schools but it also bring acquisitive it bring access to Internet to digital knowledge ie books in the different communities in the rural area so it's a quite it's quite a challenge to challenging program in terms of having a lack of infrastructure in some of these areas but it's also an opportunity where every every school that we taught we also bring to the community power we're bringing access to digital knowledge for the communities we bring in a basic ICT understanding not only for the kids but also to the parents we've covered already all districts in the country we are now at the next atmospheric level of the country we have 30 districts and we are now looking at touching each sector each sector will have a school with laptops so all kids in wand especially in the rural area can benefit from this program overall vision of asset is to be able to provide exit services the public coming to the travel documents that means abundance and foreigners who beats ronda through issuing visas and families put in place a single platform where we automate workflows with share documents electronically we implement electronic forms and everything is all in one single platform where the entire government is actually integrated so the concept is having a virtual office where anybody would come to Rwanda they get the visa within three days where we would be and it even shortens the distance come to apply for that for the visas it was made it's more secure because you can be able to apply yourself forever and can even track – understood be able to know the exactly where the status of your application is so a person feels if you were to come to Rwanda and and the service is very efficient and makes one a very very competitive especially in tourism and squeezed attraction the future plan of a smart ID card in Wanda is first of all to get all services in one card including the financial applications which we allow the population to get the financial services in one card and also to get the medical services in one car and different applications related to online authentication in different public and private services the government has prioritized health sector as one of the key sectors and we have implemented a number of key initiatives within the health sector on the one hand to help manage the sector effectively but on the other to also help the citizens in terms of accessing healthcare services we've also done a number of other specific projects whether at hospital level at healthcare law for the news for health level to make sure the entire health sector is integrated and is able to track and monitor its own progress and deliver have care more efficient of the citizens in the effort to make ICT relevant for all the critical sectors for the economy we have specifically implemented the e so call at phone for the agriculture sector essentially the e SoCo creates a link between a farmer and the market and so it bridges that gap whereby the farmer is able to establish what is the actual price of his produce in different markets in the country and then they are better equipped and informed so they can make decisions and pricing for the produce this Akko is a good example of an application that is helping bring ICT to the citizens the people in the rural areas Ranas development agenda is citizen-centric development agenda and so as we implement is't initiatives we always strive to make sure that we're taking ICT to the citizens Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda is a new graduate program in Rwanda we're currently offering a master's in information technology and our first class began this semester we have 24 students in the next two years we'll be continuing to offer that master's and then we will add a master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering RDB the Rwanda Development Board is the government organization that is overseeing Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda and providing the facilities and the support that we need to develop our program here we have very strong interactions with the IT division of Rhondda development board and all of our working with them in strategic ways is aimed towards helping to develop an entire center of excellence in ICT as a regional resource in the area the overarching goal of the government is to position one as an ST hub for the region and for this to happen we need to create an ecosystem where there is a vibrant ICT industry a lot of innovations coming out of the ICT sector and so to that end the Innovation Center this is a specific space that has been created where I sit in the proneural get access to various resources for example expertise they get to meet senior entrepreneurs who mentor their minds that are coming up they get access to research and development resources there's a strong liquid for example between the Innovation Center the Carnegie Mellon University and the other universities within the country and also a strong linkage between all the upcoming ideas with a private sector established companies set up companies to make sure we can move from ideas to solutions and companies being created I see t-mobile money is one of our key services and and I'm Jared wonder considered not only in the wonder and considered globally that one of the success stories we made in Mobile Money business and services so far so far we have we have more than 500,000 subscribers or mobile money out of 3.2 million subscribers and that's the the usage is very high I can say that we made big big difference in people life window with Mobile Money Services visa fundamentally believes in the electronification of financial services and cash based economies like Rwanda you don't get the benefit of efficiency from doing things electronically like you and other markets so our whole intent when we came to Rwanda was to deliver financial services to mass-market and underserved consumers through ICT foundations Rwanda has done such a fantastic job of laying that foundation for us to utilize whether or not it's through mobile networks which is a fantastic way to reach a new market segment for visa or through other types of infrastructure that Rwanda has already implemented we have a host of opportunities and a host of ways in which we can reach a new market segment through electronic financial services in Rwanda the government has actually set up a run at the woman board as a one-stop center specifically from ICT standpoint we have actually put in place a software platform that helps facilitate investors in terms of registering their businesses we'll put together all the key services for example Immigration Services Revenue Services key services that any company need they do not have to move around different government departments everything is all found in one place here at one a development board now there is major investment that needed to be done in order to lower the cost of communication in Rhonda so the government embarked on a multi-million dollar hundreds of more than a hundred million dollar investment in laying dumped fiber-optic to cover all of run more than 2,500 kilometres the government of Rhonda's is also in order to lower significantly the cost of international bandwidth but invested 10 million dollars so this brought this brought the cost of international bandwidth down by a six that mean let's say was $700 now it's a hundred and twenty dollar what does it mean both for the telco and ice P but as well for the citizen is that mean that more people can be connected that more more business can be connected but also more innovation can can happen we do recognize that investors want stability and predictability when they come from country predictable also in terms of the costs that are associated to doing business and I can't and one of the assurances we give an investor is that they will not worry about corruption costs which are normally unpredictable because you don't know how much corruption costs so we assure them of that because over the years you've been able to fight corruption we have no tolerance for corruption at all the future plans of ICT in wonder first and foremost moving towards more and more integration as well as private sector development and to ensure that ICT development is not just being done in government that is led by the public sector and to that end we have specifically identified six clusters and these clusters are the ones you are focusing on the first one is Business Process Outsourcing second cluster is in the mobile application development space again we're seeing the fastest growth in technology happening within the mobile the third area that we also prioritized is the area of cloud computing we realized that the threat of gaps in terms of infrastructure especially within organizations and so we're promoting cloud computing as a faster way of being able to get ICT services being rolled out by overcoming the habit of having to have infrastructure with an organization to be able to have ICT services in place another area that we have a separate eyes is IT education and training the other two sectors were privatized one is the IT security and lastly we have also prioritized the area of a government Adobe's vision is to continue to become a key driver for Rhonda's economy to modernize today we have developed a lot of modernization programs for example you can register a company online you can get a visa to run de online you can do a lot of your services within Ronda online but we wanted to modernize the country more for example we want to become a cashless economy and use online transactions and payments as much as possible so we are going to be central to modernizing our economy in order to become a service based modern middle income such as country that one has plans to do going forward and we welcome you know the stakeholders private sector civil society to make sure that we're all moving together

2 Comments

  1. Abdullah Mohammad Ali said:

    Simply Amazing! From zero to hero.

    June 27, 2019
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  2. NIrav Shah said:

    Excellent work on ground level…hats of to you guys…….please feel free to linkage any kind of services from India to Rwanda…….Sincere Regards, Nirav Cell: +91 9821277650

    June 27, 2019
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