The Information- and communications technology (ICT) sector is a combination of manufacturing and services industries that capture transmit and display data and information electronically; it is one of the fastest growing sectors in Rwanda. Currently contributing 3% to the GDP, the sector is projected to contribute about 5% in 2020. In addition, forecasts predict that up to 100.000 new jobs will be created in the ICT sector between 2015 and 2020, which means there is huge potential for growth in this sector.
Named East Africa’s number one ICT nation by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Government of Rwanda has adopted the Smart Rwanda Master Plan (SRMP) in 2015. This five-year ICT strategic plan seeks to transform the country from a low-income agricultural based economy to a service-orientated knowledge based society by the year 2020. Based on this goal the ambitious vision of Rwanda is to become Africa’s ICT Hub.
Due to the huge potential for growth and employment and its key function as an enabler to raise the competiveness of other sectors, such as health, education, agriculture and finance, Eco-Emploi programme and its partners identified ICT as one of the four priority sectors.
Currently, Eco-Emploi programme supports Rwandan government institutions with macro-economic advice on policies and regulations in order to support and develop the growth of the ICT ecosystem and create favourable conditions for young entrepreneurs and start-ups.
At the beginning of the year 2017, the policy advice will be complemented by activities particularly focusing on technical and vocational training and women in close cooperation with key partners such as the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MyICT) and the ICT Chamber of the Private Sector Federation (PSF).