What can Rwanda contribute to the world of technology?

I too applaud all those behind fantastic aspects of new communication technologies, which have helped pull all Rwandans over the thousand hills and instantly joining them to the entire humankind, all into one "global village". I also salute the Israelis for leading from the front in the world of technological innovations.
Many young Rwandan school children are familiar with computers. (File)
Many young Rwandan school children are familiar with computers. (File)

Editor,

REFERENCE IS made to Henrietta Rugamba’s article, With technology, the sky is the limit for Rwanda (The New Times, October 3).

I wish this opinion was a little more complete and balanced.

I too applaud all those behind fantastic aspects of new communication technologies, which have helped pull all Rwandans over the thousand hills and instantly joining them to the entire humankind, all into one “global village”. I also salute the Israelis for leading from the front in the world of technological innovations.

I, however, wish the author had in the same breath indicated how Rwandans may “emulate” the Israelis.

Shall we have just to copy and reproduce what the Israelis are doing? Do we have the financial means, like them, to do so? Is our intellectual pool presently large enough and well conceptually and materially backed and equipped to achieve similar progress?

The Israeli vendors mentioned in the article are transferring to us their technology, the hardware with its entire software content. What then is, or would be, the Rwandan input? Or, are we just empties to be filled by whoever has any ware to sell to us, under the slogan of globalism? How would we, instead, rationally select the (tele) communication technology best suited to our specific needs (here meaning safety first, and then effective and efficient communication) and context that we would then share with the world?

Alas so many questions were left unanswered in this opinion.

François-Xavier Nziyonsenga

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