President Kagame commends Rohde & Schwarz leadership for accepting Rwanda as a long-term partner

On 7 June 2022 at 08:30

President Paul Kagame has attended the inauguration of Rohde & Schwarz Rwanda Office. The latter is an international electronics group specializing in the fields of electronic test equipment, broadcast and media, cyber security, radio monitoring and radiolocation, and radio communication.

The company started operations in Rwanda in 2019 while the inauguration ceremony of Kigali office which is the first ever on African continent was due in March 2020.

The official inauguration was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Speaking at the launch on Monday 6th June 2022; the President and Chief Operations Officer of Rohde & Schwarz, Peter Riedel has commended the management of Rwanda office for having successfully started the company in difficult times.

Riedel disclosed that he met President Kagame in 2018 as he attended a security meeting in Munich. As he explained, the meeting became the foundation of fruitful collaboration leading to the opening of Rwanda office as the first milestone.

Riedel said that President Kagame invited him to visit Rwanda’s attractions where he later attended ’Kwiza Izina’, baby gorilla naming ceremony. At the time, he named a baby gorilla from Musilikare family.

Riedel has revealed that the company plans to do more in Rwanda, increase local staff and expend much effort in trainings on cyber security to staff from relevant institutions.

He also explained that they want to improve the curriculum for Cyber Security Academy in Rwanda and provide modern infrastructures.

President Kagame commended ’Peter and the entire Rohde & Schwarz leadership for accepting to have our country as a long-term partner’.

The Head of State said that the management didn’t hesitate when he asked them to come to Rwanda during his visit to the company’s headquarters.

Over the years, Kagame said, ’Rwanda has made significant progress in developing our digital economy’ but highlighted that there is a lot more to do.

The Head of State underscored that the Kigali International Financial Centre, Kigali Innovation City and Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution are just examples of many things Rwanda is trying to do or can do in the near future.

“Our vision is to become a trusted hub for digital financial services and technology innovation in our region and beyond. Rohde & Schwarz is already a positive addition to Rwanda’s technology community through the software development lab started in 2019,” he said.

“Key public institutions in Rwanda are already making use of these applications. The launch of Rohde & Schwarz Rwanda Office, the first in our continent will only enhance the good collaboration we have seen,” added Kagame.

He commended the company’s new commitments in cyber security training, curriculum development as well as support for a Radio Frequency Lab in conjunction with QT-Software, a Rwandan software company.

The Head of State assured the company of Rwanda’s full support, urged the management to consider Rwanda as a reliable partner and reminded them to feel at home in Rwanda.

Diogene Niyigena, Senior Developer Team Lead at Rohde & Schwarz Rwanda has said that they have rolled out different projects for the past two years including Pace 2 related to network traffic classification in which they work with banks, airports and hospitals among others who are prone to cyber-attacks.

He explained that the local office seeks to establish a system helping different people to detect cyber-attacks and develop proactive approaches.

Under Pace 2, Niyigena revealed that they can monitor 3000 applications and alert companies on possible cyber threats.

The advisor to German Ambassador in Rwanda, Peter Primus said that the achievement is a result of cordial relations between both countries.

Rohde & Schwarz runs operations in more than 70 countries.

President Kagame has commended Rohde & Schwarz leadership for choosing Rwanda as a long-term partner.
Riedel disclosed that he met President Kagame in 2018 as he attended a security meeting in Munich
Participants of the event hatting ahead of official inauguration.
The official inauguration took place at Kigali Convention Centre.