Rwanda, Google Collaborate to Accelerate Digital Transformation

The Government of Rwanda has partnered with Google to accelerate the country’s digital transformation. This initiative is in line with Rwanda’s ambition to drive inclusive economic development leveraging technology.

The Rwanda-Google collaboration is one of several initiatives to advance the above key areas. It will also include support for a progressive policy framework and contribute to an open digital payment ecosystem through the Mojaloop platform.

Country Director of Google, Eastern Africa, Agnes Gathaiya stated that Rwanda’s vibrant economy is an ideal launch pad for future innovation in Africa, with focus in four key areas: affordable and universal access to connectivity; adoption of digital platforms; Digital Skilling for All; and fostering a pan-African innovation ecosystem.

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Acording to her, the partnership aims to support a Training of Trainers (ToT) pilot for Rwanda’s Digital Ambassadors, upskill 500 developers through Google’s developer training and community support programs and 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

The partnership is also capable of accelerating e-commerce growth by supporting 3,000 Small and Medium Businesses to go online as well as equipping 1,000 iWorkers as well as bring Rwanda to the world through Google Street View by enhancing digital maps of key urban centres.

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