President Kagame, yesterday, wound up his three-day working visit to South Korea by visiting Samsung Electronics plant and the Korean Internet and Security Agency (KISA).
During the visit to Samsung electronics, a global multinational electronics and information technology company, President Kagame was taken on a guided tour of the different departments and given a presentation about the company’s products.
Partick Nyirishema, the Head of RDB- IT, who was part of the President’s entourage, pointed out that the visits to the two companies are very strategic for Rwanda, as an aspiring ICT hub in the region:
“To have Samsung as a partner would be strategic because they have very high levels of expertise and competence. We are looking at partnering in the area of skills development, to help us build capacity,” Nyirishema said in a statement.
“We will continue to discuss the details of how they will help us, as a country, to build skills in electronics as well as software applications development.”
Later in the day, the Head of State toured KISA headquarters, a government agency established in 2009 to focus on the national Korean information security, internet development and international cooperation in the area of ICT and broadcasting.
Nyirishema pointed out that a country cannot invest in the use of the internet if security in ICT cannot be ensured as this would result in loss of trust and credibility:
“KISA is indeed a strategic partner, and they are going to help us build cyber security, so that as we strive to fast track out technological capabilities in ICT,” he said.
Nyirishema added that in Rwanda, ICT development is realized in tandem with security.
“We are going to be partnering with them to put the right measures in place and build our own capacity for cyber security.”
The President was partly in Korea to participate in the High Level Meeting on aid effectiveness, at which he was a keynote speaker.