Unblocking Political Bottlenecks for ICT Broadband and optic fibre Projects Linking Neighbouring States

Project Description

Champion : H.E. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda

Description : The use of political gravitas and goodwill to unblock and facilitate political bottlenecks affecting the implementation of ICT broadband and optic fibre projects on the continent

Estimated total cost : N/A

RECs : All RECs

Countries : All African countries

Background : The aim of this project is to find ways of removing political barriers and bottlenecks which hampers the development of ICT infrastructure across the continent. In 2011, His Excellency, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, brought together telecommunication unions, regulators, service providers and ICT ministries from across the region to discuss broadband and ICT infrastructure development in EAC. Several meetings were subsequently held to harmonise the regulatory environment for ICT roll out, and by 2013 all five EAC countries were interconnected and linked to the submarine optic fibre cables from Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. President Kagame intends to continue to use his political authority and the goodwill between neighbouring states to facilitate further ICT project implementation on the continent. A harmonised enabling environment for ICT infrastructure roll out will accelerate the spread of broadband access on the continent, and will provide the structural foundations for the setting up of e-businesses which will connect Africa with the rest of the world.

Current Status: This project was completed in 2013. All five EAC countries are now interconnected and linked to the sub-marine cables at Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam. H.E. President Kagame is now providing leadership in the ICT sector. The Smart Africa initiative was adopted by Heads of State at the AU summit in 2014, of which he is a champion. One of the SMART Africa Initiatives that President Kagame is heading is the One Network Area (ONA).

NEPAD Agency

Dr John Tambi

Senior Advisor – Transport Infrastructure and PICI Coordinator


Office: +27 11 256 3678 Mobile: +27 83 257 1828

Country Focal Point Rwanda

Mr Patrick Nyirishema

Director of ICT


+250 788 305154