ICT stakeholders meet to discuss challenges

Top stakeholders in the country’s ICT sector, yesterday met at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) to share experiences and devise a joint strategy to address various challenges facing the sector.
Computers have been also been distributed to school children under the OLPC progamme (File photo)
Computers have been also been distributed to school children under the OLPC progamme (File photo)

Top stakeholders in the country’s ICT sector, yesterday met at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) to share experiences and devise a joint strategy to address various challenges facing the sector.

The meeting, which attracted over 20 local ICT entrepreneurs, was addressed by Javier Ewing, the Managing Director of Excelsior, a company which was contracted by the World Bank to carry out a survey on ICT entrepreneurship across East Africa.

Ewing noted that their preliminary observation showed that that Rwanda’s ICT entrepreneurs were actively involved in taking advantage of the existing political will to make great strides.

David Gakwerere, one of the entrepreneurs at the meeting, said that one of the biggest challenges hindering ICT entrepreneurship is lack of technical and business skills.
He also cited inadequate financial resources especially the long-term projects, as well as market access.

Participants were advised how to effectively and efficiently use the limited resources at their disposal. They were also encouraged to constantly share information amongst themselves.

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