KOICA pledges $ 5.6M to Rwanda’s ICT sector
July 24, 2014No Comments
Deputy Representative of KOICA Rwanda office Lee Myung Shin
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has pledged $ 5.6 million that will see the construction project of an ICT innovation center, expected to begin next year.
The initiative dubbed ‘Enhancing ICT Innovation Capacity in Rwanda’ was disclosed in Kigali on July 22, 2014 by the Deputy Representative of KOICA in Rwanda Lee Myung Shin.
The center will provide skills in Mobile Application Technology and Multimedia.
This will promote job creation, human resources education, the growth and development of the ICT industry which are all EDPRS II targets.
ICT in Rwanda plays a big role in realizing the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The government of Rwanda has also prioritized ICT across all development sectors to achieve the country’s target of being a middle income state as well as becoming a regional ICT hub.
Shin expressed optimism that the center will bring change in Rwanda’s ICT sector, shape young people, make things run faster and strengthen the connection between Rwanda and South Korea.
He also believes that inputs from Rwanda’s side will complement on what Korean experts are already doing to have a successful project.
Last year, Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT and KOICA signed an agreement worth USD 5.6 million for a project to establish an ICT Innovation Center in Rwanda.
Prof. Cho Young Bum from konkuk university (S.Korea) who is one of the Korean experts on the project said that the ICT Innovation center will work with local mobile telecommunication companies, research institutions on ICT including Carnegie Mellon University to build social networks with entrepreneurs in ICT business who will have graduated from the ICT Innovation center.
The center will be established at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center (IPRC) Kigali Campus.
The Principal of IPRC Kigali Eng. Diogene Mulindahabi commended support by KOICA in transferring different technologies and expertise to Rwanda and for their different Intensive consultation to various institutions.
Some of the key factors identified for the success of the ICT Innovation center include technology transfer from developed countries, having sufficient trainers and funding.
Robert Twagira, an Information Technology Officer with Rwanda Stock Exchange said that the center comes at the right time when the local population needs to know more about their services especially in business development.
He believes students trained here will use ICT skills to bring a big number of Rwanda’s population on board.
KOICA’s Rwanda office has been working in various sectors including ICT, education and rural development.