Samsung Electronics has entered into an agreement with the Rwandan government to facilitate the rollout of its information technology solutions in the country
Samsung said the partnership will play a key role in bridging the country’s digital divide while boosting the government's Vision 2020 economic and social development plan.
The Ministry for Youth and ICT signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Samsung recently, making Rwanda the first African state to make a concrete commitment in adopting Samsung e-government solutions.
The MoU will see Rwanda collaborate with Samsung in education improvement and job creation endeavours, youth leadership development and mobile applications development programmes featuring the Samsung Smart Government Solutions.
The MoU will also have Rwanda adopt customised Samsung solutions such as a Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS).
Speaking in Kigali, during the MoU signing ceremony, Rwandan minister for youth and ICT Jean Philbert Nsengimana confirmed that the government was exploring avenues to guide its e-government solutions rollout.
The signing of the agreement, Nsengimana explained, was the first step towards ensuring that the Rwanda government was well-positioned enough to adopt Samsung’s patented solutions on the education, healthcare, security and e-governance.
“We are looking forward to working with Samsung Electronics in achieving Rwanda’s Vision 2020 of transforming Rwanda into a middle income country and to develop access to ICT down to the administrative sector level,” he remarked.
Samsung Electronics East Africa managing director, Jong Oh Lee, said, “This strategic ICT partnership with the Rwandan Government will ensure a continued multiplier effect on economic growth as Samsung has gained extensive understanding and insight in all areas of government service.”