Rwanda lauds African leaders for innovations in tackling problems
Written by: George Kalisa
Wednesday, June 6th, 2018, 8:55
Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has today extended appreciation to African governments for realizing that innovation was one of the key elements in the Continent’s development. Ngirente said that the apparent political will is manifested in the commitment to seeing innovation as critical to addressing challenges linked to limited economic and structural transformation.
“African governments have begun to take innovation as critical element as part of meeting challenges of limited economic and structural transformation,” observed PM Ngirente.
"Africa has over the past decade consistently invested in infrastructure development, agriculture, conducive policy & regulatory environment to attract private sector" he added.
Ngirente made the remarks while addressing Africa Innovations Summit 2018 that opened in the capital Kigali today.
PM called on the African leaders to promote innovation through supporting and promoting young innovators in different sectors.
“One of the key elements of African development is to catalyze innovation spirit in in Africa by supporting and promoting young innovators in different sectors such as Agriculture, ICT, Energy, Education, et cetera and to link them with available opportunities for coaching,” he stressed.
PM Edouard Ngirente
The PM announced the forthcoming launch of the National Research and Innovation Fund next week which will mainly bankroll research and research- based innovation activities.
Rwanda is itching to become the ICT hub in the region alongside creating a cashless and knowledge-based economy. Since the country embarked on pursuing this dream more than a decade ago, the economy is fast reaping from leveraging ICT as it has improved accessibility and economic inclusion as well as making doing busing much easier.