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He named the Kigali Metropolitan Network, the Wireless Broadband Network and the National Fibre Optic Backbone, as some of the initiatives that have been embarked upon.

“These efforts will surely strengthen the existing private investments in communication infrastructure and eventually boost access to a wide range of broadband services by the population,” the minister said.

Gatare told the participants that, in order to fully exploit opportunities brought about by e-Services such as e-Health, e-Commerce, e-Education and e-Banking, there was need for a strong and effective national organisation which addresses all issues related to internet governance.

“We have to work together to address the recurrent issues of cyber crime, and internet consumer privacy and protection by putting in place a sound regulatory framework which conforms to the global trends,” he stressed.

According to Emmanuel Dusenge, the Senior Expert in charge of Monitoring and Evaluation in the Ministry of ICT, Rwanda National Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was created to help raise awareness on the existence of a platform to discuss ICT for development-related issues.

“We are going to suggest a team of individuals to take the lead in compiling terms of reference and a plan.