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Rwanda: 'Microsoft 4Afrika' Launched in Kigali
Source: The New Times
Source Date: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Thematic Website, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement
Country: Rwanda
Created: Apr 04, 2013

Microsoft Corporation, one of the world's leading software companies, today launched a new initiative, dubbed '4Afrika' in Kigali.

The goal of the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative is to disseminate affordable smart devices built specifically for Africa with an AppFactory aimed at encouraging application development by Africans for Africans.

The initiative will also run an education platform aimed at developing technical and entrepreneurial skills as a means to improve employability especially among the youth.

According to the Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean-Philbert Nsengimana, the entry of the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative in Rwanda is a significant boost to the country's vision to become a knowledge-based economy.

He said the initiative will help bridge the digital divide as well as develop the skills required to create relevant content for the country's economy.

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