Rwanda, Motorola sign agreement to develop tech capacity

Representatives from Motorola and Rwanda government officials pose for a group photo after the signing ceremony. Courtesy.

The Government of Rwanda has entered into a five-year partnership with Motorola Solutions to build local ICT capacity as the country bids to become a continental ICT hub.

Motorola Solutions is a global leader in mission-critical communications. It supplies global institutions with technology platforms in communications, software, video and services.

Under the agreement, Motorola Solutions will establish a service centre, a training centre, a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) centre and an IoT (Internet of Things) centre in Rwanda.

L-R: RDB’s Deputy CEO, Emmanuel Hategeka, Minister for ICT & Innovation, Paula Ingabire, and Motorola Solutions General Manager, Yuval Hanan sign the agreement. Courtesy

These investments by Motorola Solutions will be made with a view to establish its regional headquarters in Rwanda, and elevate its operations in Rwanda into a regional hub.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, the Minister for ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, said:  “By signing this agreement, we are looking at building capacities and the entire ICT eco-system with unique value adding solutions. Rwanda is excited to have Motorola Solutions onboard and look forward to expanding this partnership further.”

The Rwanda Development Board Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Emmanuel Hategeka, noted: “There is a business case for the Government to work with partners in the private sector such as Motorola Solutions in investing in enhancing skills of Rwandans and technology. Establishing these service, training, SCADA and Internet of Things centres in addition to moving Motorola Solutions’ regional headquarters here will further position Rwanda as an ICT hub for the continent.”

The General Manager, Motorola Solutions Rwanda & Region Manager East Africa, Yuval Hanan, said: “We chose Rwanda because it is a leader in ICT within the region and believe that young Rwandan engineers and ICT professionals have a lot to offer globally. We are excited to invest in improving the technical expertise in Rwanda and exporting it.”

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