Rwanda’s government has entered into a partnership agreement with South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung to facilitate the rollout of IT solutions across the country.
The signing of the MoU by Samsung and the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Youth and Information Communication and Technology means that Rwanda will move towards adopting Samsung eGovernment solutions to assist in its service delivery efforts.
It may also see Rwanda adopt customised Samsung solutions such as a Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS).
The two will collaborate in education and job creation development, youth leadership, consumer electronic devices and mobile applications development programmes featuring the Samsung Smart Government Solutions.
Rwanda’s Minister for Youth and ICT Jean Philbert Nsengimana said the government is exploring feasible avenues to guide its e-Government solutions rollout.
Nsengimana explained: “The MoU by the Ministry of Youth and ICT and Samsung Electronics is aimed at enhancing productivity, reducing costs and allowing ministries in the Rwandan government to deliver new and better services to citizens.”
He added that the government is looking forward to working with Samsung in achieving Rwanda’s Vision 2020 of transforming the country into a middle income country and more specifically, to develop access to ICT down to the administrative sector level.
Rwanda is among the most dynamic developing countries in terms of ICT, according to the latest report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Nsengimana said the government is proud of what it has achieved with regard to the development of the ICT, although the country still has a long way to go.
“Our objective is to be among the top performers globally or at least middle performers,” he said.
Samsung Electronics East Africa Managing Director, Mr Jong Oh Lee said: “This strategic ICT partnership with the Rwandan Government will ensure a continued multiplier effect on economic growth as Samsung has gained extensive understanding and insight in all areas of government service.”
He added that Samsung is able to bring in its support to realize this vision, by provision of IT solutions that will not only keep to a minimum the implementation costs, but also assist in streamlining the day-to-day operational procedures.
Globally, Samsung helps government entities to enhance productivity by managing and the implementation of IT solutions, which enable customers to comply with government regulations, while at the same time ensuring legally compliant, high security paperless working solutions for governments.
Samsung hopes to grow the African market size through innovation and the exchange of new ideas in technologies.