Kitaoka is visiting Rwanda from 17th to 21st July 2019.
After learning from the history of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi yesterday, he has visited K-Lab and Fab-Lab projects supported by JICA in Rwanda.
Kitaoka and accompanying delegation also held discussions with Rwandans who completed a Master’s degree in Japan through African Business Education (ABE).
K-Lab and Fab-Lab are firms helping the youth to develop digital solutions, carry out research, creating projects and developing software promising to boost their welfare and country’s socio-economic transformation in general.
Ildephonse Musafiri, the founder of HINGANEZA Ltd which has software with agriculture solutions has told IGIHE that knowledge he acquired training at K-Lab for four years was of great relevance to his project.
“It is a comfortable space where you meet talented youth from different walks assisting each other to solve particular challenges. K-Lab helps the youth with promising projects and link them to institutions in need of their expertise,” he said.
The President of JICA, Kitaoka appreciated the way technology projects supported by Japan help youth through different programs.
“Talking about K-Lab, it is a great project giving opportunities to the youth to train in basic digital skills enabling them to grow experts and magnates of the future,” he said.
Kitaoka said that Japan and Rwanda are both small countries but with the privileges of having visionary leadership.
He came to Rwanda following the visit of President Paul Kagame to Japan in January 2019 and held discussions on different areas supporting Rwanda’s development programs.
He is also expected to visit various projects support by JICA in Rwanda including Rusumo International Bridge and One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) as well as holding talks with President Kagame.