Rwanda eyes UAE’s cooperation to launch own satellites for geospatial data: Minister

Rwanda eyes UAE’s cooperation to launch own satellites for geospatial data: Minister

WAM: Rwanda is keen to have the UAE’s cooperation to utilise geospatial data in its developmental projects in key sectors, a senior official told Emirates News Agency (WAM).

“We are looking at [cooperation with UAE in] space sector. One of the things we’re looking at is how do we leverage data in general, but very specifically geospatial data, to support some of the programmes and policies that we are implementing in agriculture, education, mining, and infrastructure development,” said Paula Ingabire, Rwandan Minister of ICT and Innovation.

In an exclusive interview with WAM at Rwandan Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, she noted that the geospatial data is globally being leveraged and utilised in policy decisions and programme implementation.

“We know UAE is quite advanced in this area and we would like to learn from the UAE,” affirmed Ingabire who is a known technology enthusiast. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management, in the System Design and Management programme.