The Rwandan government announced the establishment of a technology center of excellence (CoE) in the fields of digitalization and artificial intelligence. The new center, which is expected to start operating in 2021, will be founded and operated under a joint venture between Elbit Systems and the subsidiary of Ngali Holdings - Locus Dynamics Ltd.
The joint venture will focus on research, development and the provision of advanced technological solutions, mainly in fields such as AI, security and defense of infrastructures and critical assets. The center will include an academy that will use advanced training and simulation systems to develop local engineering and technical talent as well as foster technology transfer.
Haim Delmar, Executive General Manager of Elbit Systems C4I, said "We are honored to support Rwanda’s efforts to embed Digitization and Artificial Intelligence skills into the Rwandan workforce, to build local capabilities and foster research and development. Rwanda’s reputation as regional leader in technology and science and its promising talent base will be key to the success of this endeavor." According to Wilson Kagabo, Managing Director of Locus Dynamics, the JV will serve as a hub for digitalization and AI technologies and innovative solutions for Rwanda and beyond.
In a conversation with the website, Clare Akamanzi, CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), said that the entry of Elbit Systems, a world-class technology provider, is an indication of Rwanda’s attractive investment climate for business due to its sustained high economic growth, strong macroeconomic fundamentals and favorable national regulatory. Elbit System’s presence will enhance Rwanda’s reputation on the continent as a leader in technology and security.
"Elbit System’s decision to set up in Rwanda is a welcome and exciting addition to our growing Tech industry. Our ambition to become a leading innovation hub requires enhanced local capabilities in advanced technologies, particularly through the Academy which will contribute to our efforts of building a talent base in research & development and deployment of security solutions for regional and global markets," added Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT and Innovation.