In his first engagement at World Economic Forum in Davos, Rwanda President Paul Kagame gave special remarks at a workshop organized under the theme: “Innovations to Connect the Unconnected”
In his remarks, President Kagame pointed out that ICTs and digital connectivity has been proven to be an essential public utility and development tool and, not a luxury.
“Without fast and affordable internet access, there are few pathways from poverty to prosperity in the 21st century. By 2020, Rwanda aims to have universal access to broadband and to embed ICTs into all aspects of public service delivery. Progress in Rwanda and other countries on the continent is possible with the right policies, investments and focus.” He said.
The workshop included four simultaneous breakout sessions on: financing ICT connectivity infrastructure; last mile technologies and innovative business models; country partnership models; and the gender digital divide, with the aim of achieving consensus on an action agenda to accelerate digital development in 2017.
The three day forum was organized under the theme: “Responsive and Responsible Leadership,” with a focus on improving global cooperation and collaboration.