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Rwanda: The Minister of ICT announced the adoption of Google Street View for more visibility of the country

[DIGITAL Business Africa] – Rwanda wants to increase its visibility in the world. The Minister of ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, announced a collaboration with the American Google, on October 18, 2022. It concerns a number of areas, including the improvement of digital maps of the main urban centers of Rwanda thanks to à Google Street view is one of the features of Google Maps, allowing you to display images of a street. The project, which has already started in Kenya, South Africa and Senegal, targets 100 other countries. Rwanda is the eleventh country to be added to the list.

How does it work ?

Tap a placemark

• Open the Google Maps application. on your Android phone or tablet.

• Tap a placemark.

• At the bottom, tap the name or address of the place.

• Scroll down the page and select the photo titled “Street View”…

• When finished, press Back.

Other measures mentioned by the Minister of ICT and Innovation Paula Ingabire: the acceleration of the growth of electronic commerce by helping 3,000 small and medium-sized enterprises; improving access to Rwanda’s cultural heritage through digital technology in collaboration with national museums. Add to this, the support of the policy framework, which will contribute to an open digital payment ecosystem through the Mojaloop platform. Or ink upskilling 500 developers and conducting a fintech incubation program for fintech start-ups.

According to Esther Nkunda, Director General of Innovation and Emerging Technologies at the Ministry of ICT “The images that have been collected so far in Kigali are now live on Google Maps. You can go to Google Maps or Google Earth and use the Street View Layer to see coverage across the city “.

Digital technology, a pillar of socio-economic growth

All of these innovations are in line with the country’s ambition to make digital a pillar of its socio-economic growth through partnerships with American technology companies. Paula Ingabire, Rwandan Minister of ICT and Innovation, considered to this effect that “Google is essential and will continue to drive national economic transformation in line with the country’s vision of becoming a knowledge-based economy.”

Google’s expertise in Rwanda is embedded in the US company’s Africa Digital Transformation Support Program. It provides for an investment of one billion dollars over five years. It aims to improve access to the Internet and digital products, support start-ups, empower businesses and support non-profit associations.

By Jean Materne Zambo

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