Cameroon delegates in Rwanda on ICT study tour

1. CAmeroon delegates pose a group photo with the Rwanda Telecenters Network staff in Bugesera District.Frederic Byumvuhore

A delegation from Cameroon is in the country to learn about the success use of ICT in the country.

On Tuesday, the team met with Rwandan Telecenters Network operators in Nyamata sector, Bugesera District as part of their five-day mission in the country.

The members of the delegation include mayors, university lecturers and workers in Cameroon telecentres.

Paul Barera, the Executive Director of Rwanda Telecentres Network (RTN) addresses the delegates in Bugesera District.Frederic Byumvuhore

Atem Nwebuh Taweh, the head of Computer Unit and Tele-centre Manager in Kumba City Council, described the visit as very important to their emergent ICT sector.

“Rwanda has obviously progressed in the use of ICT. Rwanda Telecenters Network is one of the most advanced on the continent. So, there are many things we can learn from the success,” Nwebuh said.

He said their country has 26 telecentres though only 10 functions effectively. Rwanda has 1800 telecentres most of which are run by private people.

The delegates have appreciated the country's progress in the use of ICT. Frederic Byumvuhore

“There are many factors hindering the proper function, but we believe that the lessons we get in Rwanda will help us to improve. All activities in our current world have been digitalised. Internet connectivity provides smooth operations and accelerates the development of the nation. We want sustainability and improvement in our ICT sector,”

Paul Barera, the Executive Director of Rwanda Telecentres Network (RTN), explained that they partner with Rwanda Online among other institutions to ensure sustainability through the decentralized services in all communities.

“It is our pleasure to host the Cameroonian delegation who are here to learn from our ICT sector. The team has shared with us the challenges their telecentres have been facing,” he said.

Barera added that technology has been solving many challenges such as time-saving, reducing corruption and unemployment. Our services have been decentralized.