Rwandan Government Launches AI Centre to Boost Technological Innovation


Rwanda has created a centre dedicated to the development of artificial intelligence to help create “faster, more agile approaches” to using the use of emerging technologies by government.

The centre has been created as part of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) network of centres focused on the development of artificial intelligence, called the Centre of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR). The Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to the WEF, refers to bringing together a host of different technologies including artificial intelligence to transform large areas of society, including digital services.

The WEF hosts a global network of 15 centres, with each aiming to “level up local policy expertise and ownership with global network-based learning and scaling”.

The Rwandan government said it was creating a centre to join the group – the first in Africa – as the speed and scale of technological change in the COVID-19 pandemic was putting “enormous pressure on regulatory environments”. The new centre is intended to help the country collaborate with global stakeholders to design and pilot new solutions in technology governance.

Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, said the centre was a result of the investment the country had been making in science and technology. “I hope the centre will build on this by making the Fourth Industrial Revolution an equalising force, and contributing solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges,” he said.

Paula Ingabire, Rwandan minister of information communication technology and innovation, added that “there is an increased urgency to develop digital and technological capacities to build more resilient systems for a healthier society and more sustainable economy”.

AI ‘could help boost national prosperity’

Rwanda’s C4IR is currently working to develop new digital governance policy around AI laws, which includes protection of personal data and privacy.

Ingabire highlighted that the African countries have “a unique competitive advantage that stems from an undeniably entrepreneurial spirit that is built into our young generations – that is an ability to innovate out of necessity”, and Borge Brende, president of the WEF, praised Rwanda’s government for hosting the first C4IR outpost in the continent.

“It says a lot about the leadership in the country when it comes to leapfrogging and being visionary, when it comes to new technologies,” he said.

“Rwanda will play an important role to meet the ratio of Rwanda becoming an upper middle-income country by 2035. The centre, I hope, will be a key enabler of Rwanda’s goal of becoming an even more prosperous society.”

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