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Rwandan president says leaders must embrace technology to make Africa ‘smart’

Rwanda's president has appealed to all leaders in Africa to work together in their efforts to make the continent 'smart'. President Kagame said it was imperative that all leaders in the respective nations across the continent embrace and recognize the benefits of technology that can transform and revolutionize the lives of its residents.

The Rwandan president made the address to members of the 'Smart Africa Board' he said, "To succeed in making African homes, offices, schools and cities smart, we have to harness opportunities in exponential technologies."

The Head of State has been praised for his progressive policies towards the ICT sector, and his impassioned plea to fellow leaders at the African Union Summit in Ethiopia appeared to have struck a chord with those in attendance. The Rwandan leader believes Africa is moving at a steady pace in relation to the embracement of ICT. He added, "These technologies include; Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Drones, Big Data, Block chain, and 3D printing."

In addition to this, Kagame, who also chairs the 'Smart Africa Initiative' further claimed that it was crucial to embrace the new technologies - not only to improve the lives of African citizens - but because it also provides an opportunity to create further employment.

"We have to embrace new technologies for the betterment of African citizens since it provides opportunities to create employments and a wider single market to do business. We simply have to embrace all these technologies in order to make Africa a smart continent."

In October 2013 during the Transform Africa Summit held in Rwanda's capital Kigali, 7 African Heads of States witnessed adoption of the Smart Africa Manifesto document in which they committed to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICT's.

In January 2014, The SMART Africa Manifesto was endorsed by all Heads of State and Government of the African Union at the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa. Today, more African leaders have exhibited interest in accelerating a Smart Africa by joining the initiative.