Rwanda President H.E. Paul Kagame shakes hands with Senior Vice President of Huawei Ms. Lin Ruiqi after their meeting that was held in Rwanda, Kigali on Tuesday 16th, May 2017. (Photo Courtesy)
Rwanda President H.E. Paul Kagame shakes hands with Senior Vice President of Huawei Ms. Lin Ruiqi after their meeting that was held in Rwanda, Kigali on Tuesday 16th, May 2017. (Photo Courtesy)

In a meeting held by President Kagame and Senior Vice President of Huawei Ms. Lin Ruiqi in Kigali, the President noted that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Rwandan government and Huawei is very important and the Rwandan government will strongly support Huawei to implement the MoU referred ICT infrastructure projects as soon as possible, in order to connect the Rwandan people.

Ms. Lin Ruiqi said that all the projects under the MoU have been initiated and Huawei will continue to promote the implementation of the projects and help the country to enhance the regional ICT influence.

Ending of March this year, Huawei signed an MoU with the government of Rwanda to open all-round cooperation in the ICT industry. According to the MoU, Huawei will help Rwanda in building Regional Data Centers, National Broadband, Smart Grid and Smart Education among other infrastructures to promote Rwanda to become the regional ICT Hub.

Senior Vice President of Huawei Ms. Lin Ruiqi shows off a Huawei Story book to the President of Rwanda H.E. Paul Kagame, before she handed it over to him, during a meeting that was held in Rwanda on Tuesday 16th, May 2017. (Photo Courtesy)
Senior Vice President of Huawei Ms. Lin Ruiqi shows off a Huawei Story book to the President of Rwanda H.E. Paul Kagame, before she handed it over to him, during a meeting that was held in Rwanda on Tuesday 16th, May 2017. (Photo Courtesy)

Before their meeting, as the chairman of the Smart Africa Board, President; Kagame hosted the 5th Smart African Board Meeting with Huawei attending as the ICT consultant and member.

Lin Ruiqi in her speech said, “To explore the way of development in line with Africa’s actual need is particularly important to African countries’ digital transformation. Huawei is willing to share its successful practice in the global ICT field with African countries. With Huawei’s rich experience in local operations and advanced technology, products and services, we would like to help to build a Smart Africa”.

Rwanda President H.E. Paul Kagame shakes hands with Senior Vice President of Huawei Ms. Lin Ruiqi after their meeting that was held in Rwanda, Kigali on Tuesday 16th, May 2017. (Photo Courtesy)
Rwanda President H.E. Paul Kagame shakes hands with Senior Vice President of Huawei Ms. Lin Ruiqi after their meeting that was held in Rwanda, Kigali on Tuesday 16th, May 2017. (Photo Courtesy)

To discuss the way to accelerate the transformation of Africa, more than 30 African heads of state, heads of government and ministers attended the meeting, including Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou, Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada of Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa Minister of Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele, Nigeria Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu, and Kenya ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru among others.

Smart Africa is an innovation coalition initiated by African heads of state, aiming at improving the overall socio-economic development of the African continent by sharing knowledge and experience, providing affordable broadband access and other ICT technologies.