Rwanda ICT Sector Profile 2012 Released

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The Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in collaboration with other partners released a report titled “Rwanda ICT Sector Profile 2012”.

The report was developed by the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in collaboration with Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with aim to provide a global view of what was achieved in the ICT Sector during the year 2012.

For the first time Rwanda releases the ICT Index.

This 2012 edition is a compilation of indicators that have been selected to measure the Rwanda’s ICT sector performance and track ICT for Development (ICT4D) towards Rwanda Socio-Economic Development and provide valuable information for the formulation of National policies.

The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana stressed that a lot has been achieved in this sector but urges the private sector to invest also in ICT; Hon. Nsengimana noted that Public Private Partnership can be strengthened in Rwanda.

Speaking to the press, Hon. Nsengimana said that “This is the first report to be issued; now we know where we’re and where we want to go, what we’re aiming for is to speed up our work; what we achieved last year is that many Rwandans get cell phones where the percentage reached 53% from 41%, the internet penetration reached 26% from 8%...”

He added that “In education 10,000 teachers completed ICT training courses where they’ll teach others the use of use ICT also Carnegie Mellon University launched its campus in Rwanda.”

In ICT investments, the Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in ICT has reached more than 44 million USD, all under implementation, with more than new 4,046 direct jobs created by the ICT investments.

In 2012 Rwanda was ranked the most dynamic African country in the ITU ICT Development Index (IDI), in the ITU “Measuring the Information Society 2012”.

Rwanda achieved one of the highest improvements in the IDI ranking (climbing seven places), by improving both the access and the use sub-indices of ITU ranking.

This report takes into consideration internationally recognized reports used to measure Information-society and e-Government developments, respectively the “Measuring the Information Society” measured by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the “UN e-Government Survey” measured by the United Nations (UN).