Rwandan president Paul Kagame's recent trip to the U.S. has got people talking, particularly about his emphasis on technology and education investment.
It is still too early to judge, but I am enthusiastic about the present Rwandan government investment strategy to initiate the necessary infrastructure to take the technological momentum and unlock the private sector possibilities- building of a national fibre network, roll out of national WiMAX access, a Kigali technology park and business incubator and external fibre landing stations to connect Rwanda to the coming east African undersea fibre. The strategies success or failure will hinge crucially on handover of the impetus to private sector actors. Indeed now it is up to private enterprise, foreign investment and the countries talent to sustain this momentum and fulfil Vision 2020’s ambition of Rwanda as a regional technology and telecommunications hub.
Says Jim Cust, writing for the Bottom Billion Blog.
Africa Unchained also linked to Kagame's lecture at MIT.
President Kagame will also be visiting Stanford University this month. These are the details I have dug up for those who are interested and in the area:
The Impact of the Global Slowdown on Africa
President Paul Kagame, Republic of Rwanda
April 24, 2009, 4:00-6:00p.m.
Stanford Faculty Club
RSVP's required and accepted on a first come first serve basis.
Stanford students must show Stanford ID.
RSVP Dafna Baldwin (650) 725-6668 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check it out and judge for yourself...