Paul Kagame: PPPs boost broadband

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has told the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development that Rwanda’s successful broadband model is based on effective public private partnerships.

President Kagame was speaking in Dublin, where he co-chaired the 9th meeting of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development.

Opening the meeting, President Kagame emphasized the importance of broadband in achieving sustainable development: “For us in Rwanda, broadband and ICTs play an important role in the progress we have made towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Broadband and ICTs contribute to our economic growth and are helping to deliver more efficiently in education, health, finance and banking and other sectors.”

The Rwandan government says President Kagame also reminded the representative of the various sectors present of the importance of honest dialogue and cooperation between the public and private sector:“The broadband model we have adopted is based on effective public private partnership, guided by what works on the ground. We believe that there must be candid and consistent dialogue between industry and government - the kind that will generate trust and productivity.”

President Kagame called on the members of the Broadband Commission to move beyond infrastructure and focus on ensuring access and affordability to services:“Our initial focus was on connectivity: to put the infrastructure and tools in place to connect citizens to the digital era, accelerating roll-out and affordability of broadband services on an open access basis, especially for mobile broadband. Onwards, our efforts should focus on unleashing the smart use of broadband to help people use services in ways that will significantly improve their lives.”

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