Rwanda launches next stage of their ICT development plan

Rwanda on Tuesday officially launched the third phase of their National Information and Communication Infrastructure Policy.

Minister in the Presidency managing ICT Ignace Gatare. (image:

The government’s national ICT plan runs in 5 year cycles, and was created in order to gauge progress in the delivery of ICT services. The first cycle, which ended in 2005, laid the groundwork for the first five years.

The government said that the second cycle, placed emphasis on the development of key ICT infrastructure such as fiber optic cable layout.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday evening, the Minister in the Presidency managing ICT, Ignace Gatare, said the third phase has been “broadly divided into five areas, ICT skills development, private sector development, ICT for community development, e-Government and cyber security,” which the country hopes will propel the nation into the technological age.

“Under this plan we are looking at improving formal and non-formal education. With the use of fiber optic cables, we want to ensure that there is much of open distance learning in the country,” said Gatare.

He said that the private sector would be instrumental in the third phase, and that government hopes to unveil an electronic payment system to improve mobile finance.

“We also want to take the ICT facilities down to the people by digitalizing all government programs, increase the tele-centers in the country as well as use of tele-medicine,” Gatare added.

Joseph Mayton