President Paul Kagame has told the world that Africa is already part of the 3rd and 4th revolution in technology and that the continent can make the best of both.
“We have seen multiplier effect of technology on growth, development and connecting people to solutions,” Kagame said at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Speaking at a panel on ‘Transformation of tomorrow’, President Kagame told thousands of global business leaders and heads of state and governments that the African continent is moving at an interesting pace in technology advancement.
“In Rwanda and in Africa, we are in the transition to become part of making this technology not just consuming it,” Kagame said.
Last year, Rwanda hosted Transform Africa, where African leaders, together with investors unveiled a need to invest more than $300 billion to fully implement Information communication technologies (ICTs) to establish a smart continent.
Rwanda has already invested over $130 million in broadband technology covering all its 30 districts with fibre optic connectivity to equip its institutions with internet.
Kagame said that for Rwanda to provide inclusive technology, the country had to close the digital divide. “We have to address policy side and how we use technology to reduce other divides that exist.”
Kagame featured at a panel alongside Sheryl Sandberg- Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Satya
Nadella- Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft; Anand Mahindra- managing director of Mahindra Group and Zachary Bookman- Zac Bookman, Co-Founder, OpenGov -Public Open Data and the Private Sector.
Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mauritius and Tanzania have been named the most resilient economies on the African continent by CNNMoney, an exclusive business site of CNN.
Before official kick off of the forum, President Kagame attended a breakfast with business leaders.
Meanwhile, Rwandan delegates will present preparations to host this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa in May, 2016.