Murekezi: Technology Driving Rwanda’s Growth  

President  Museveni and his Algerian counterpart, more about  Abdelaziz Bouteflika have held a bilateral meeting during which the two discussed matters of mutual importance between the two countries and the African continent.

The two leaders agreed that the visit of President Museveni to Algeria offers new cooperative opportunities in areas such as education, this site vocational training, link defense and security and in the oil and gas sector.

Speaking shortly after their meeting on Monday, President Museveni while addressing the press referred to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as his “old friend” and “freedom fighter” and that the two leaders had discussed the security situation in North Africa particularly on how to bring about lasting peace in Libya.

Mr. Museveni further said that he, together with his host, had discussed ways of enhancing trade between the two countries which he said was the most important factor for economic prosperity of both countries.

He further said that they also discussed enhancing cooperation in the areas energy especially in the oil and gas sector and in human resource development through exchange of scholarships and training programs.

Currently trade between Uganda and Algeria is minimal and this can be attributed to the limited infrastructure connectivity between the two countries.

Uganda’s exports to Algeria are low with the major products being cocoa, coffee and tea.

Uganda’s imports from Algeria are less than USD$ 1m per annum.

In 2011 and 2013 the imports rose to approximately USD$ 2m as a result of sugar imports during the time when Uganda requested for stay of EAC CET application on sugar imports.

The major industries of Algeria are agriculture, cement, clothing, fertilizers, food processing, iron and steel, mining, machinery, oil and natural gas production and refining, petrochemicals, textiles, transport equipment and wine production.

Main exports are crude oil, dates, fruit and vegetables, natural gas, petroleum products and wine.

In 2010, Algeria was named the fourth largest crude oil producer in Africa and the eighth largest global producer of natural gas.
Rwanda’s Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi has partly attributed the robust economic growth the flexible use of technology tools in the country, side effects Chimp Corps report.

The Premier pointed out that by connecting to fibre optic all 30 Districts, viagra approved local offices, major hospitals, schools, banks, and all border-post points, Rwanda “noticed increased effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery, a tremendous reduction in cost of doing business, an increase in competitiveness, and enhanced financial inclusion.”

Murekezi made the remarks on Monday during the ‘Transform Africa’ Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Summit under the theme, “Accelerating Digital Innovation”, brings together over 2,500 participants including: Heads of State from Smart Africa member countries, Members of the UN broadband commission on Digital Innovation, top academics on the different summit topics, policy makers, and CEOs of leading technology companies worldwide.

“Over the past decade, our continent has risen up with global ICT trends that are now largely driven by innovation, particularly in mobile technology,” said Murekezi.

“Exponential growth of technologies powered by broadband connectivity is creating unprecedented new challenges and opportunities across the world, both in the private and public sectors.”

The Premier added that this digital revolution necessitates home grown initiatives, innovative and win-win partnerships that Transform Africa Summit 2013 sought to institutionalize with the Smart Africa Initiative.

“As we strive to transform Africa, our main focus should be on the delivery of ICT driven innovations that matter for Africans. We should leverage the demographic dividend offered by our youthful population, which now make up the biggest population on the continent, and ensure that they are at the forefront of championing the next Africa,” the Prime Minister added.

Throughout the three days, participants will share experiences and renew their commitment towards accelerating and sustaining Africa’s on-going digital innovation.

Transform Africa 2015 focuses on devising new ways to deliver on Smart Africa promise of raising $300 Billion in ICT investments in Africa by 2020.


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