ISTQB is a non-profit organization comprising member boards, exam, and training providers collaborating to deliver the ISTQB Certified Tester scheme.
RWSTQB President, Robert Ford, participated in the recent meeting to represent the board and make the application.
During his presentation, Robert shared insights into Rwanda’s dedication to technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, as well as its active promotion of equality and sustainability.
Rwanda boasts a predominantly youthful population, with the service industry as the primary sector of its economy, with an increasing emphasis on information and communication technology (ICT). Software testing capability and expertise will play a crucial role in Rwanda’s future.
Robert expressed his gratitude to the ISTQB® for the warm welcome, stating, "Today’s Information Age demands trusted and quality software. The RWSTQB is committed to leading the way for software testing in Rwanda. We have accredited training providers already offering training, and we have access to certification exams. Our next step will be engagement with the community and organizations who can leverage the value of ISTQB® to accelerate skills and career opportunities."
Ford highlighted several benefits of Rwanda’s acceptance into the ISTQB®. Firstly, he explained that it provides Rwandan IT professionals with access to a global network of experts, resources, and best practices.
He believes that this exchange of knowledge will undoubtedly contribute to the skill development of the local workforce, enhancing their ability to deliver internationally standardized software testing solutions.
Additionally, being part of the ISTQB® community opens doors to international collaborations, fostering partnerships that can drive innovation and technology transfer.
ISTQB® President Klaudia Dussa-Zieger congratulated the new ISTQB® Member Board for Rwanda and remarked, "This new ISTQB® Member Board for Rwanda has already demonstrated its dedication to being part of the broader ISTQB® ecosystem and proliferating skills and expertise underpinned by the ISTQB® certification. I wish the team every success and know that this will help Rwanda emerge as a center of excellence for testing."
As Rwanda continues its journey towards becoming a technology powerhouse in Africa, its presence in the global software testing community marks a pivotal moment in the history of software testing — a moment that symbolizes resilience, innovation, and a commitment to shaping a brighter, tech-driven future.