RWANDA TO INVEST US$3 MILLION IN BUILDING TELECENTRES

Computing

Vendors in telecommunication equipment and ICT technologies must be bracing for a lucrative multi-million dollar Community Information Centres' (CIC) project, announced by the government recently.

A hefty Frw1.68b (US$3m) will be invested in setting up hundreds of telecenters all over the country in three years, with an equal amount of about Frw560m ($1m) spent every year. The project is a result of a study conducted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in 2002. However, the funds could not be raised till this year and has been allocated from the govern-ment's current development budget.

Dr. Raphael Mmasi, project coordinator of the E-Rwanda project told Business Week that the number of the telecenters would depend on the location and population size to determine the investment for their needs. "Actually, that's what the consultants are trying to do now. They will also establish a link between the private sector and government because in the end, it will be the private sector to operate the centres," he said.

East African Business Week