Rwanda: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:15 am
A Rwandan startup called EarthEnable has been crowned as the winner of an international sustainability innovation competition for an ingenious idea that is focused on helping poorer communities. EarthEnable won the annual Postcode Lottery Green Challenge thanks to their sustainable alternative for cement as a replacement for dirt floors, winning the Rwandan startup $600,000 in prize money.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:13 pm
It may seem counter-intuitive, but Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has been quoted as saying that he wishes for the oil price to remain low, with his oil-rich Nigerian homeland in mind. Speaking at the United Nations general assembly in New York, the business leader told investors about Nigeria’s potential as an agricultural powerhouse, as well as his prayers with regards to the oil price
Staff, 9:26 am
As TedGlobal 2017 continues in Tanzania, neurotechnology pioneer Oshiorenoya Agabi of Nigeria has grabbed global headlines with his talk on how to fuse silicon chips and neurons to deliver a revolution in artificial intelligence and computational capacity. That’s the work he’s doing at Koniku in San Francisco, but Agabi was joined by other Africans whose cutting edge entrepreneurship brought them to Arusha. Among the participants was President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, the founder of #Adtags.
Staff, 9:20 am
Two years after it was announced, the Senegal Internet Exchange Point (SENIX) is scheduled for official launch on 29 August, according to Cheikh Bakhoum, Chairman of the Board of Directors at SENIX and Director General of Senegal’s State Information Technology Agency (ADIE). Bakhoum said the exchange point would be launched in the country’s capital city of Dakar and would bring about a revolution in the country’s telecoms ecosystem. SENIX is the result of collaboration between 23 partners.
Staff, 8:45 am
The cutting edge of drone delivery isn’t one of the usual technology hotspots, such as Singapore or the United States. The honor belongs to East Africa. A second East African nation announced it will launch a fully automated drone delivery program. The drones will fly themselves, far from the view of humans — a move that’s not yet legal in the U.S. While plenty of countries have dabbled in drone delivery, no program has matched the scale and impact of what’s unfolding in Rwanda and Tanzania.
Tom Jackson, 10:49 am AFKI Original
While both Kenya and Rwanda admit to the importance of tech development in spurring economic success, the countries have two different approaches. Kenya’s tech development has stalled, mostly on President Kenyatta’s watch, and the government needs to match its rhetoric with action if it is to get it going again. In contrast, Rwanda is earning a reputation as a test kitchen for startups, and a recent report placed the country first in government success in ICT promotion.
Staff, 11:19 am
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has broken ground to begin construction on the $818m Bugesera International Airport in Rwanda. The airport is being built to handle the rising air traffic in the country, as well as bolster intraAfrican travel, investment and business. Kagame said: “Bugesera Airport is an important part of Rwanda’s strategy for socio-economic transformation. “Rwandans to whom we are accountable are used to having high expectations and trust us to deliver. This will be no different.”
Kurt Davis Jr., 7:13 am AFKI Original
The re-election of Paul Kagame to a third term as president of Rwanda on August 4 sparked excitement in some corners of the world and raised concerns in others. While some celebrate Kagame’s amazing success in transforming the small East African nation, others argue that he has already ruled for 17 years, and his continued stay as the country’s first citizen undermines democracy. Both sides have legitimate points.
Staff, 1:53 pm
Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai visited Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. During his visit, Pichai announced at a conference, plans by the Internet giant to provide more than $3 million in equity-free funding and mentorship to more than 60 African start-ups over the next three years. Earlier in July, Jack Ma, the CEO and founder of e-commerce company Ali Baba toured east Africa (Kenya and Rwanda) in what his close aides described as a mission to inspire African IT entrepreneurs.
Staff, 3:10 pm
Security has long been a major concern at wildlife reserves in Africa, where rhino and elephant populations have been decimated by poachers in recent years. But a park in Rwanda is betting on a new networking technology to change that. Rwanda’s Akagera National Park recently launched a new system that allows park rangers to monitor animals, visitors, and equipment in real-time. Developed by ShadowView and Internet of Life, the “smart park” system is based on a Long Range Wide-Area Network.
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