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India Africa ICT Expo 2019 (IT and Telecom Show)

The fifth in the series – the India Africa ICT Expo 2019 is being organized in Kigali, Rwanda on 5 -6 August 2019. The event is organised by Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC) with support from Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Ministry of Communications, Government of India. The event is Co-Hosted by Ministry of ICT & Innovation, Rwanda Ministry of Trade & Industry, Rwanda and supported by Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA), Rwanda Convention Bureau (RCB), ICT CHAMBER and National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA).

Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, had paid a State Visit to Republic of Rwanda on 23-24 July 2018 and had stated that India is keen on improving cooperation with Rwanda and other African countries for mutual socio-economic benefit and had expressed India's readiness to share experiences, capacities and expertise on digital economy and other aspects such as technology, infrastructure development, financial management, rural development & training.

Hon'ble President Paul Kagame, Rwanda had thanked India for the robust Development Cooperation with Rwanda and, indeed, with other African countries. Rwanda has benefitted from projects implemented under the Indian Lines of Credit through EXIM Bank, of nearly $ 400 million (Hydropower, Agriculture, Skill Development, Infrastructure), several grant projects (VTC, Solar Electrification) and from training and scholarship programs (ITEC, ICCR, IAFS). He also expressed desire to replicate some of India's initiatives for Digital Inclusion in Rwanda. He commended India's leadership in spearheading the establishment of the International Solar Alliance.

“Closer interaction at the industry level, will lead to fulfilment of the desire of the African countries especially when Indian players showcase Digital Connectivity solutions for remote and difficult locations along with eagriculture, e-health, e-education, and e-governance and other backbone infrastructure connectivity solutions”

India has proven capabilities in the ICT Sector and should be a preferred destination for ICT Infrastructure requirements of high speed broad band connectivity, Smart solutions and services for Digital enablement in the African region

The vision of a knowledge based society is built on an edifice where IT and Telecommunications merge. Rapid technological convergence has already established a symbiotic relationship between the development strategies of IT and telecommunications. IT flourishes on the telecom-network and in turn permits modern day telecommunications to use sophisticated IT-software

The India Africa ICT Expo – with conference, exhibition pavilions, business meetings and strategies aims to promote eco-systems of Digital Transformation, and forever change the way of seeing things and doing business.

Rwanda continues to be one of the fastest growing African countries in ICT and there are several avenues for growth for the ICT sector – from e-commerce and e-services, mobile technologies, applications development, and automation to becoming a regional center for the training of ICT professionals and research. The Government of Rwanda has installed over 5,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable throughout Rwanda, with regional links to neighboring countries. Rwanda is also one of the few countries in Africa to have launched a high-speed 4G LTE wireless broadband network in Kigali, though uptake is slow. The Rwanda Development Board launched its concept for the Kigali Innovation City project at the May 2016 World Economic Forum in Kigali, with several hundred million dollars of investment for the project, in addition to a USD 100 million Rwanda Innovation Fund. Adequate numbers of skilled IT professionals are required to be prepared and supported in coming months.

Opportunities in Rwanda

The India Africa ICT Expo is focused to enhance Indian trade and investment flows from/to Africa

  • Kigali Innovation City
  • SMART energy grid development
  • ICT financing mechanisms
  • Business development centers
  • Fiber-to-the-home/ curb Broadband Networks
  • Backbone Telecom Networks/ Access network/ Last mile connectivity

Participants

Jointly Government of India and Government of Rwanda are inviting the ICT Stake Holders.

  • Major African players who are being invited to be part of the event are Airtel, MTN, BSC, Sotracom, Liquid Telecom
  • More than 300 delegates from 225 Telecom Service Providers & Other IT Stake Holders from 29 African Countries who had participated in the India Telecom event at New Delhi, have been invited by TEPC.
  • Invitations have also been extended to all the exhibitors & delegates who had participated in the India-Africa events at Kenya and Nigeria from 2015 onwards.
  • Airtel having operations in 14 African countries, has been requested to bring in their Vendors for this major event in Rwanda.
  • Invitations are being extended to the licence service providers and other ICT Stake holders from 24 countries who are part of Smart Africa Project.
  • Invitation are being extended to World Bank, African Development Bank, Exim Bank, International Finance Coroporation, ITU and other Development Agencies who are supporting infrastructure development in Africa.
  • ICT Ministers/ Communication Regulators/ ICT Ministries from more than 20 African countries are being Invited.
  • Industry CEO, CTO of major ICT Players and System Integrators in Africa Region
  • Small & Medium businesses (SMEs), Founders, Entrepreneurs and ICT Innovators from African Region
  • Academics, Consultants

Key Conference Theme

The event would bring together over 100 companies from India and Africa for the conference and attract over 2000 visitors for the exhibition. This mega event is a must attend on your calendars simply because it encapsulates strategies and learnings that transcend the two most important present day industries which have the potential of unlocking huge demand of ICT services across multiple domains. It's the place to network, meet and shape the future!

Key topics of discussion

  • Digital Infrastructure & Transformation
  • Telecom & Cyber
    Security
  • Technology & skill Developement
  • innovations & drivers for digital enablement
  • smart nations & smart economies
  • Regualtory policy & legal challenges

Key Highlights of event

Key Highlights of the Event The India Africa ICT Expo is focused to enhance Indian trade and investment flows from/to Africa

  • The India ICT Show 2019 is intended to:
    • A world class conference & Trade Show
    • Showcasing the new products & technology of Indian Companies
    • Facilitate B2B meetings for the Indian companies to meet the buyers from the region
    • Open dialogue between and create a platform of interaction for African officials and the private sector and their counterparts in India
  • To discuss the upcoming trends in the ever-evolving ICT Sourcing market.
  • Continue and be the ideal platform for decision-makers and business leaders to interact and do business
  • The perfect stage to present delegates with a better understanding of the opportunities present in Africa, a richer picture of its business and investment climate