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Building a bridge into the future

11th May 2016

Rwanda aims to become East Africa’s tech hub. Kigali’s public buses are already moving towards a cashless ticketing system, over 70% of Rwandans have a mobile phone, and there are plans for the world’s first drone-port to be built there. Technology has the potential to allow this small landlocked country to grow its economy, increase exports and create jobs.

Today AGI’s Patron, Tony Blair, visited the K-Lab and Fablabs in Kigali. K-lab supports young digital entrepreneurs to develop new smartphone apps and Fablab provides a start-up role for the fabrication of new ICT hardware that could help to redraw the development trajectory of many countries.

After meeting with young Rwandan tech entrepreneurs, Mr Blair spoke to the BBC about the transformative potential of such work. “Technology can be a bridge into the future that helps African countries leap ahead” he said, arguing for its potential to accelerate the development of countries like as Rwanda.

Mr Blair meeting with young Rwandan tech entrepreneurs at FabLab Rwanda

Making this vision of a knowledge-based economy a reality in Rwanda means not only providing opportunities to young Rwandan tech entrepreneurs, but also attracting investment to boost ICT exports from Rwanda. That’s why, AGI is supporting the government of Rwanda to increase and diversify its ICT exports.