Google to accelerate Rwanda’s digital transformation

Rwanda GoogleThe government of Rwanda, led by the Ministry of ICT and Innovation, has partnered with Google to accelerate the country’s digital transformation

The partnership aims to support a training of trainers (ToT) pilot for Rwanda’s digital ambassadors, a national programme to increase digital literacy among Rwanda citizens by recruiting digitally-savvy youth to deliver digital literacy training.

Additionally, the partnership is set to:

• Upskill 500 developers through Google’s developer training and community support programmes

• Pilot a fintech incubation program for early stage fintech companies, starting with 15 companies in collaboration with Kigali Innovation City, and delivered by a Google for Startups partner

• Accelerate e-commerce growth by supporting 3,000 Small and Medium Businesses to go online as well as equipping 1,000 iWorkers.

“This collaboration with the government of Rwanda is an important milestone for us coming soon after our CEO’s commitment to the continent to support Africa’s digital transformation. We will help build a Digital Rwanda by up-skilling the youth, digitally accelerating small businesses, supporting start-ups and developers, improved maps and navigation, digitising Rwanda's cultural heritage as well as supporting a progressive policy framework,” said Agnes Gathaiya, country director, eastern Africa.

“Growing the digital economy is critical and will continue to drive Rwanda’s economic transformation in line with the country’s vision to become a knowledge-driven economy,” commented Paula Ingabire, Rwanda’s Minister of ICT and innovation.

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