President Kagame today received a Korean delegation led by Dr. Myung Oh, President of Konkuk University and renowned pioneer of the ICT revolution in Korea. The delegation comprised university scholars, CEOs and leading figures in the Korean private sector in the field of ICT who are in Rwanda to explore further partnerships between the Governments of Rwanda and Korea as well as foster relationships with the Korean Private sector in different areas of ICT.
Discussion at the meeting centered on how Rwanda can incorporate programs including Green ICT, Medical IT, Telecommunications and E-Governance and enhance the country’s ICT capacity, particularly in skills development, with the support of Korean experts.
Also discussed was cooperation in software development, a field in which Korea has extensive expertise, and ways to build Rwanda’s capacities in this area. The delegation has also held discussions with local universities with a view to develop partnerships with Konkuk University which would enable Rwandans to study in Korea.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation after the meeting with President Kagame, Prof. Jung Suk Ryou said “Rwanda and Korea share numerous similarities. we started our ICT development from scratch, trying out what works and what doesn’t , and we had to spend many decades finding out the right combinations, the right applications. Sharing this knowledge with you will spare you having to go through the same mistakes and failures that we encountered.”
Dr Myung Oh who was today appointed ICT advisor to Rwanda as part of the President Kagame’s Presidential Advisory Council said that many prominent people and countries want to be associated Rwanda because of the nation’s rapid development.