Rwanda and Qatar have signed a historic agreement centered on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) cooperation, aimed at driving economic growth, digital transformation, and promoting innovation in Rwanda.
The agreement comes after the two countries sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Kigali.
The deal was signed by the Qatari Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mohammed bin Ali Al Mannai, and the Minister of ICT, and Innovation, Paula Ingabire.
The agreement was signed during an official visit by a delegation from Qatar’s Ministry of ICT to Kigali.
This visit is part of the state’s efforts to enhance collaborations in the field of information and communication technology in Africa, officials said.
“This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to promoting innovation and technological advancement on both local and international levels,” the Qatari ICT Minister said.
He added; “This partnership aims to strengthen synergy for mutual growth and development, fostering knowledge and resource exchange in various key areas of the information and communication technology sector.”
Under the partnership, Rwanda and the Emirate seek to enhance collaboration in various key areas including public key infrastructure, and formulation of information and communication technology policies and strategies.
It is also to promote knowledge sharing and capacity building in the field of ICT.
This landmark deal is expected to transform the ICT landscape in Rwanda and strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Others are support for research and development in artificial intelligence, exchange of experiences in digital transformation and e-commerce, cooperation in smart cities, as well as in cross-border data flow.