SMART Rwanda Days returns with a focus on digitising the country
Under the theme "Digitising Rwanda" the second edition of SMART Days Rwanda will take place in Kigali, Serena Hotel on 2nd and 3rd October 2014. The event comes as the country prepares to embark on the last five years of the 2020 vision and re-doubles efforts to achieve the transformation into a knowledge-based economy and society.
More than 400 attendees will include ICT industry experts from across the continent and beyond, policy makers, development partners and young innovators. Smart Rwanda Days will also host a Steering Committee meeting of Smart Africa Alliance, an initiative that was born in Rwanda during the Transform Africa Summit that took place in October last year.
The gathering aims at stimulating the debate on how Rwanda and Africa at large can leverage ICT to accelerate its economic growth and competitiveness in the information age.
Keynote speakers at the conference will include H.E. President Paul Kagame and Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The conference will also feature high-level panel discussions on Digital Payments, Internet Governance, Internet Economy, Open Data, Content Localization, and Digital Innovation among others.
The two-day conference is organized by the Ministry of Youth and ICT in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board and Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority.
The ITU, World Bank, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Internet Society (ISOC), VISA and CNBC are among the organizing partners, while the One UN Rwanda is the title Sponsor.