News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 81 on 12 October 2001

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RWANDA SEEKS TO MOVE FROM AGRICULTURE TO KNOWLEDGE IN 20 YEARS

12 October 2001

Imagine a tiny, beautiful, land-locked, densely populated and extremely poor African country that seven years ago was the site of a devastating civil war and genocide that left it in tatters. Now imagine a country that sets up an ICT Commission headed by its President; that adopts a national ICT Policy for the country and that sets up a top level national IT Agency to oversee a 400-page 5-year US$500 million plan and strategy for ICT. And finally imagine a country that commits to transforming itself from an essentially agrarian economy to a knowledge-based society within twenty years and that…