The Smart City Hub has been launched at the ongoing Africa Smart Cities Investment Summit (ASCIS) happening from the 6th to 8th, August, 2023 at Kigali Convention Center in Rwanda.
The hub’s objective is to ‘facilitate and drive efficient sustainable digital solutions that improve the quality of life for citizens and communities in Rwanda through technology and innovation’.
The Mayor of Kigali City, Pudence Rubingisa emphasized the global trend of a growing urban population, highlighting the imperative to align investments with effective solutions that address the concerns of citizens.
According to the Minister of Innovation and ICT, Paula Musoni, the hub is not going to be merely a physical space, but a hub where ideas, collaboration, creativity, and co-creation will live.
In addition, she stated, the hub will serve as a catalyst for increased citizen impactful innovations.
In 2017, the Government of Rwanda ambitioned to transform the nation into a collection of smart cities and communities through the launch of the ‘Rwanda Smart City Master Plan’.
The Smart City Hub will entail; renewable energy and infrastructure (sustainable energy supply, affordable housing, public private partnerships and investment, construction technology and building materials), water and waste management (sustainable water resources management, reduce-reuse-recycle, tackling air pollution), mobility and hospitality (sustainable urbanisation), digital transformation and innovation, resilience and climate adaptation.