Rwanda Inaugurates First African Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) Dedicated to Research and Development in Artificial Intelligence

On March 31, in the Rwandan capital Kigali, in the presence of President Paul Kagam, the Rwandan Ministry of Information Technology, Communications and Innovation and the World Economic Forum inaugurated the 4th Revolution Industrial Center, C4IR. His role is to promote emerging technologies but he mainly focuses on artificial intelligence and data policy. Its goal is to develop partnerships to innovate and take on a larger scale for the benefit of society.


The World Economic Forum has made it its mission. ” Help leaders anticipate, understand, and shape the direction of technological change for human-centered and social outcomes. A

It hosts the C4IR network, a global network of 15 centers for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Their goal is to formulate new policies and strategies in areas such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and digital resources, the Internet of Things or autonomous vehicles, and enable rapid implementation and repetition. Rwanda is dedicated to the research and development of an artificial intelligence. This follows an agreement signed between the World Economic Forum and the Rwandan government at the Davos Summit in 2020.

Borg Brende, President of the World Economic Forum, delivered the keynote address at the launch of the Kigali Center, where he recalled the role of C4IR networks in using convergent technology to create an inclusive future and human-centered. He said:

“This is the first center to be officially launched in Africa. It says a lot about the country’s leapfrogging and foresight in new technologies. I believe that this center of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Rwanda will play a significant role in achieving the proportion of Rwanda becoming an upper middle income country by 2035. I hope that the center will be a key catalyst for Rwanda to become a more prosperous society. A

Rwanda, the first African country to launch a center dedicated to AI research and development

Rwanda has been investing in AI research and development for several years.

On October 31, 2019, the Consortium of African IT Professionals (CPAI), Vileo Ventures and Solve IT Africa launched SHAKA AI, Africa’s first artificial intelligence skills outsourcing company. Joseph Semafara Slov, CEO of IT and Shaka, vice president of operations for AI, then announced the location of these skills in AI:

“He is dedicated to building an African artificial intelligence environment where new careers are being built day by day in Rwanda where his head office is located. It comes with a clear goal of expanding its operations across the African continent. A

According to DataReportal, Rwanda has improved its Internet network to 31.4% in 2021. 73.9% of Rwanda’s population, mostly young, who have a mobile connection have access to 4G which covers the whole country.

In addition, he has established the Smart Rwanda 2020 Master Plan to implement digital literacy for all and to assist in the research and development of digital transformation (Internet of Things, Big Data and Analytics, Cybersecurity Research, Creative Industries and Multimedia, Mobility and Digital). Lifestyle).

Speaking at the inauguration, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said:

“The launch of this center was made possible by the investment we have made in science and technology as a country. I hope the Center will use the Fourth Industrial Revolution as an equal force and build it by providing solutions to today’s most pressing challenges. We are delighted to have the World Economic Forum as a partner in this and other important efforts. A

Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, who attended the event via video, emphasized the importance of Africa’s leadership in shaping the future of technology governance:

“I have no doubt that the center will usher in a new era for Rwanda and the continent. Innovation and entrepreneurship are the key to starting the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The work of our 4IR centers has always been important, but in this time of global instability, building a better future together and using technology to achieve it is far more important than ever. A

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