Africa can no longer afford to be excluded – Kagame
President Paul Kagame has said that Africa should put technological innovations at the core of its development plans as a way of ensuring that the continent is never left out again in the globalization movement.
The President was addressing over 2500 participants from 81 countries, who attended the closing of the Transform Africa 2015 event which kicked off on October 19 in Kigali, Rwanda.
President Kagame said that ICTâ€™s have made significant transformation of the continent and there is no reason why this aspect should be ignored if the continent is to compete equally within the global community, suggesting that all it takes is the will to act.
â€œOur continent has often missed out the opportunity to accelerate growth but putting ICTs at the core of our plans, we can ensure that Africa isnâ€™t left behind again, which should be so in the first case; because we have the potentialâ€ Kagame said.
He stressed the importance of ICT saying that ICT dimensions should be used to inform everything in government, private sector and all areas because ICTs cut across all portfolios, thus the need to have everyone bring technological solutions on board in institutions.
â€œTechnology is not only gadgets but the results that transform the lives of people who may not even have to necessarily touch a phone. With use of technological innovations we can perform better, deliver services to the peopleâ€ Kagame said.
In relation to results seen from using ICTâ€™s Kagame gave an example of Rwanda where there has been an increased access to affordable world class education and service delivery in the service sector, a move which may not necessary have to come with costs, but the will to implement.
The Head of State gave an example of the one area network which has been implemented in Rwanda and as result millions have been connected with a subscription that multiplied 300 times, and made a 25 percent increase in taxes.
â€œEveryone has been a winner in this case. No extra costs besides political will, and you can imagine what we can achieve if we maintain that momentumâ€ he noted.
The two days Transform Africa summit has seen 47 percent participation of the private sector, 15 government and NGOâ€™s and youth population of Africa, but with 22 percent participation of women compared to the previous ones.