Kagame Unveils Plans to Boost Technology Innovations in Rwanda

Kagame addressing the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering in Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday

Former Executive Director at Uganda Investments Authority, side effects Dr. Maggie Kigozi has advised young people to take keen interest in business so as to be economically empowered.

Kigozi made note of the fact that with the current high rates of unemploymnet and few jobs available, the only solution remains in undertaking business ventures.

She was the guest speaker at Kisubi High School where Reach a Hand Uganda (RAHU) made an outreach on sexual reproductive health, themed ‘Boys for Girls’.

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In commemoration of International Women’s Day, RAHU engaged student leaders from 10 different schools and role models in a conversation about gender equality and empowerment of the girl child.

The engagement centred on the role of both men and boys in achieving gender equality and contributing to a prosperous society that accommodates every gender equally.

“While you are in school, begin to discover what business you can do after school. To the young girls, you shouldn’t expect money and every provision from the men, yo must make your own money,” Dr Kigozi told the gathering of students.

In her remarks she also gave tips on how to succeed in business highlighting values including integrity, character, trust and seeking for the right information.

“Your character is very important in business because it determines whether people can trust you. Looking out for the relevant information is also essential otherwise the business will collapse.”

Kigozi encouraged the young students to exploit the opportunities that lie in tourism, culture as well as agriculture which she said is now exciting since it has been modernized.

“There’s a lot of potential in agriculture if you can talk to your parents to avail some land for you. Agriculture is no longer boring as young people often perceived it because it has been integrated with technology.”

She further urged them to enroll in short courses that will equip them with business skills.

The Director Kisubi High School Ms. Catherine Stevens expressed gratitude to RAHU for the outreach adding that while gender equity is critical in offering quality education.

She also hailed the role models like Dr. Kigozi whom she said provide inspiration to the young students to enable them discover their potential.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has called for hard work and mindset shift in Africa to empower people to achieve sustainable prosperity, abortion Chimp Corps report.

“Africa was largely bypassed by the last three industrial revolutions. The pressure is on to catch up and keep pace so Africa is not left in the wake of technological progress, ” said Kagame on Tuesday.

“This starts with a change in our mindset. We really cannot be satisfied with just ending extreme poverty. Our aim is shared and sustainable prosperity. And the key to that is science and innovation, bound by research,” he added.

Kagame, who has won international accolades for turning Rwanda from a state of hopelessness after the destructive 1994 genocide to a fast-developing country, was speaking  at the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Center in Dakar, Senegal.

The event was organised by African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Next Einstein Initiative in partnership with the Robert Bosch Foundation.

Kagame was among several African and world leaders who issued a joint call to action for increased investment and support for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in Africa.

He said technology and skills are the lifeblood of economic growth and competitiveness.

“We must continue to invest in the necessary education and infrastructure, including broadband,” said the President.

He acknowledged some of the challenges facing Africa which include lack of sufficient numbers of science and technology professionals.

“We do not invest enough in research and development. The share of higher education students enrolled in science and engineering is too low. Women comprise less than one third of researchers and even fewer scientists and engineers, which means we are not using our human resources to the full,” he observed.

Officials said the event marked a historic first step in charting a new course for science-led development in Africa.

Science and technology-driven innovation is an undeniable engine for economic growth and social inclusion.

Today, a lack of investment in R&D and STEM fields is stunting Africa’s growth as the continent contributes just 1 percent of global research output while losing 35 percent of aid – i.e. $4 billion – each year to STEM-related expatriate jobs.

Kagame called for closer partnership between scientists and the private sector, adding, Rwanda’s national science policy aims to contribute to economic growth by strengthening knowledge creation and building a culture of innovation.

“To that end we have developed joint initiatives with partners from around the world and are always open to new collaborations. We will soon launch the Rwanda chapter of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and establish the global headquarters for both AIMS and the Next Einstein Forum in Kigali,” said the President.


The next forum will be held in Kigali in 2018.

Kagame also revealed that his government will this year launch the Kigali Innovation City, which brings three critical functions together in the same location.

“First, tech clusters for start-ups and established firms. Second, a research and education campus anchored by Carnegie Mellon University and AIMS. Third, an Innovation Fund that brings together government and private sector capital,” he noted.

“Africa cannot accumulate wealth merely by consuming technologies produced elsewhere. The purpose of initiatives like Kigali Innovation City is to unlock value by better adapting technology to our economic and social context, as well as our current and future needs.

Building on that, we will develop entirely new technologies that are both beneficial and commercially viable.”


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