Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

29 January 2013

Rwanda: Malawi Delegation Commends Rwanda's ICT Development

A delegation of 14 officials from Malawi on Tuesday visited the ministry of youth and ICT (MYICT) where they commended Rwanda for developing the ICT sector.

After explanations by the director general of ICT in the ministry, Didier Nkurikiyimfura, on the country's ICT strategy and development of ICT infrastructure, the delegation's leader, the Malawian Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Grace Maseko, admitted that Rwanda is in advance in ICT compared to Malawi, and that they had learnt many things in e-Governance during the visit.

They for instance appreciated the way Rwanda issues electronic ID's as well as other IT services like the online tax payment system and the fertilizer voucher management system which facilitate farmers to benefit from the fertilizers distribution countrywide.

Youth and ICT Minister Jean Philbert Nsengimana in addition noted how the government has embraced the use of ICT, especially social media. "Social media have become essential tools of good governance for transparence and accountability; people are using them very much," he explained.

Nsengimana added that the judiciary has introduced an Electronic Filing System (EFS) which enables the public to file cases electronically from anywhere as long as there is internet connection, which saves their time and transport.

The Malawian delegation is in Rwanda for a three-day visit to learn about governance and social development systems.

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