Rwanda – the small country with a strong desire to succeed
Rwanda lost around a million of its 8-9 million population in its civil war. By any standard, this was a devastating human loss. But the impact of these dreadful events seem to have imbued the country with a seriousness of purpose that has placed ICT in a central position in its desire to go from an agricultural economy to becoming a knowledge-driven economy.
But its approach to introducing competition in the telecommunications sector has been relatively timid: it has a telecoms duopoly and its scope has recently been extended. This is largely explained by the reluctance of foreign investors to step forward immediately after the civil war. But as the country’s economy grows steadily grows, the Government has some clear choices to make in terms of how it will introduce a higher level of competition. Russell Southwood looks at the current state of play in the country.