The Government of Rwanda has entered into a five-year agreement with Motorola Solutions to build local ICT capacity as the country bids to become a continental ICT hub.
Motorola Solutions is a global leader in mission-critical
communications. It supplies global institutions with technology
platforms in communications, software, video and services.
Under the agreement, Motorola Solutions will establish a service center, a training center, a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) center and an IoT (Internet of Things) center in Rwanda.
These investments by Motorola Solutions will be made with a view to establish its regional headquarters in Rwanda, and elevating its operations in Rwanda into a regional hub.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, the Minister of ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire said:
“By signing this agreement, we are looking at building capacities and the entire ICT eco-system with unique value adding solutions. Rwanda is excited to have Motorola Solutions on board and look forward to expanding this partnership further.”
The Rwanda Development Board Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Emmanuel Hategeka noted:
“There is a business case for the government to work with partners in the private sector such as Motorola Solutions in investing in enhancing skills of Rwandans and technology. Establishing these service, training, SCADA and Internet of Things centers in addition to moving Motorola Solutions’ regional headquarters here will further position Rwanda as an ICT hub for the continent.”
The General Manager Motorola Solutions Rwanda & Region Manager East Africa, Yuval Hanan said:
“We chose Rwanda because it is a leader in ICT within the region and we believe young Rwandan engineers and ICT professionals have a lot to offer globally. We are excited to invest in improving the technical expertise in Rwanda and exporting it.”74