Last Friday in a colourful ceremony at Serena Hotel, Rwanda celebrated her first ever Information Communications Technology (ICT) awards 'The Intego awards'. According to the brains behind the awards, Rwanda Information Technology Authority (RITA), twenty thousand votes were cast.
RITA Executive Director, Nkubito Bakuramutsa rightly said, 'the country has come a long way in as far as ICT is concerned and the awards were therefore an opportunity to celebrate our achievements while acknowledging the challenges ahead.' Among the challenges, as Prime Minister Bernard Makuza, pointed out, were usage and engagement of ICT for the development of most of the country's crucial sectors like agriculture, industry, commerce and others, in an effort to realize the vision 2020. According to the Prime Minster, Rwanda might have missed the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions but she is determined to grasp the Digital Revolution. And what better way of expressing this determination but through such initiatives as the One Laptop per child scheme, adult education schemes, e-government, e-education e-tourism, e-Agriculture and many e-more's.
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