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Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta (second left), Rwanda's Paul Kagame (third left) and Mali's Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta at the opening of Transform Africa Summit in Kigali on May 15, 2019. [Photo: Urugwiro]
Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta have called on other African leaders to invest heavily in technology to ensure faster and efficient services.
The heads-of state were speaking at the opening of Transform Africa Summit in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Wednesday.
“Data is moving like this air transport. When I make a call to President of Kenya or Mali, I think I am speaking to them directly but the call first had to take my voice to Europe to be inspected. How can we not be talking about these things?” posed President Kagame.
“When flying from Rwanda, why should we have to go through Poland or Brussels to make it to Bamako? One must keep asking themselves the rationale. We need to keep upping our game in realising the need for cooperation…it means working directly with each other and it is just logical.”
President Kenyatta said that African states must ensure that technology is not used as a medium of propagating social vices such as division, classism and ethnicity but rather as a tool to solve problems.
“Instead access to technology must be the used for solving problems with new perspectives, for creating exciting opportunities that empower our youth to determine their future, a future that guarantees prosperity and equality for all,” said Kenyatta.
By Ivan R. MugishaSource: The East African