The National ICT Literacy and Awareness Campaign Launched in Nyamasheke District on 22nd to 23rd February, 2013
The purpose of this campaign is to drive the awareness and usage of ICT services, content and applications, to increase the ICT Literacy, educate and train the masses and businesses on the potential of ICT to drive competitiveness, efficiency, transparency as well as civic participation.
This event attracted thousands of Nyamasheke residents and many partners in ICT sector like Telecommunication Companies, banks, public institutions and other companies working in ICT sector. During the event different companies demonstrated their online and SMS based services they offer to citizens.
During the launch of ICT literacy and awareness campaign in Nyamasheke District in the Western Province of Rwanda, on Friday, February 22, 2013; the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Rosemary Mbabazi (C), Mayor Nyamasheke District (L) and DG of ICT (R).
The Government of Rwanda has invested heavily in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Since inception of the first national ICT strategy and plan in 2000, Rwanda has registered a number of milestones that has significantly transformed the way the Rwandan business and society uses technology.
Addressing the residents, Rosemary Mbabazi, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, said ICT use is central to economic transformation. She was in Nyamasheke as part of the ongoing ICT literacy and awareness campaign.
Habyarimana added that in his district 45% of Nyamasheke district hold cell phones and that they have a target to help 70% to hold cell phones by 2017.
Thousands of Nyamasheke residents participated in this event
Nyamasheke residents in the Western Province have been urged to make use of the available Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to speed up their socio-economic development.
The event attracted thousands of residents, local business operators, representatives of banks and other financial institutions, public institutions as well as telecomunication operators. At the function, various companies showcased their innovations and use of ICT, especially online and SMS-based services they offer to the population.
The Ministry of Youth and ICT in collaboration with other ministries as well as its various stakeholders in ICT promotion, the five-year ICT literacy awareness campaign was officially launched in January in Rulindo district, Northern Province.