In a bid to make its citizens more versatile with ICT, Rwanda‘s Ministry of Disaster and Refugee Management is to provide sectors with internet-based cell phones that can be used for communications in the event of a strike or disaster.
Darla Rudakubana, the ministry’s communications specialist, commented that the cost of the entire project amounted to US$ 164,000. She added that the scheme would seek to distribute handsets at sector level and smart phones at district level and this action will lead to better reporting and response from the authorities.
With support from World Food Programme and the UN Agency for Refugees (UNCHR), the Rwandan Ministry hopes to develop a system that will store the data collected via text messages or voice calls from selected people at the related levels and this will be used for disaster preparedness.
Rwanda is stepping up the use of ICT in all forms. The government is also aiming to increase user access to ICT infrastructure in the country.
Recently, Ignace Gatare, Director General for the Commission for Science and Technology in the President’s office handed over the ICT portfolio to Jean Nsengimana.