Ministry of Information Technology & Communication hosted an event entitled Digital Talent Day at Mariott Hotel, Kigali Rwanda.
ICDL Africa participated in the event among other stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. Among those present were University of Rwanda and Carnegie Mellon Africa.
Digital Talent Day is a one-day event that aimed at discussing and showcasing different initiatives related to ICT capacity and skills development, digital jobs creation and promoting ICT innovation & entrepreneurships. The event brings together government institutions, academic sector, ICT private sector and non-government organizations to create synergies in coordination and implementation of ICT initiatives in Rwanda.
The Minister of Information Technology& Communications, Hon. Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa, addressed the participants. In his speech, the Minister highlighted the importance of the quality of education in the schools. He pointed out that in the marketplace; people are accessed and rewarded based on productivity, which is influenced by ones skills.
The Director General of Rwanda Management institute (RMI), Mr. Wellars Gasamagare talked about the importance of using an International Digital Skills standard for certification. He gave an example of how Digitally skilled population in Singapore has increased productivity and reduced the cost of doing business and service delivery.
Mr. Wellars Gasamagera, talked about the Rwanda Governments plan to certify the 99,842 Public servants to the ICDL standard. He mentioned that the first batch of 55,000 public servants would be certified in the next three years.
The Director General, thanked the Government for supporting and sponsoring the training and certification of the first batch of public servant that recently completed the Training The Trainer program in Muhanga ,District of Rwanda.
As closing remarks, the Hon. Minister Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa, once again emphasised on the importance of being practical in digital skills and promote the inter communications within the different digital skills providers to gather the efforts for one single path.