Trust is a challenge in Rwanda

The BBC’s Peter Day visited Rwanda recently to find out more about the ambitions for the country. The first part of his report is now online. Peter visited the veg-tastic Kimironko market, talked to Louise Mushikiwabo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carina Tertsakian, from Human Rights Watch, Josh Ruxin of Rwanda Works and Heaven Restaurant and many others. It’s a good introduction to the Rwanda of today. It’s all very positive, but the report also takes a look at some of the potential dangers ahead,

Rwanda has huge ambitions to grow itself out of poverty and become a middle income country by the year 2010, as an information technology and business hub for central and eastern Africa. Rwanda although poor, hopes to set an example that it is possible to do proper business in Africa. Listen as Peter Day reports on how Rwanda is trying to re-create itself. link

There will be more reports from Rwanda in the coming days. I’ll add the links to them on this post when they appear online.

UPDATE: The BBC broadcasts Peter Day’s second report from Rwanda about how and why the country is investing in information and communications technology,

Rwanda plans to become a ‘middle income’ country by 2020 and the internet is an important plank on which the government plans to build it’s new economy.

The government has recently completed a $50m deal with Korea Telecom, which will mean wireless broadband will reach out across the whole country. On top of which they are rolling out a nationwide ‘one laptop per child’ plan.

But can this rush to join the wired up world produce the results Rwanda wants, and what will the leap forward mean for a mainly agricultural economy? link

Photo taken from the Kimironko market set in the Kigali Wire Flickr account.

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