Rwanda launches center for fourth industrial revolution


Robots are on display for the launch of the center for the fourth industrial revolution (C4IR) in Kigali, Rwanda, March 31, 2022. /Xinhua

Rwanda on Thursday officially launched the center for the fourth industrial revolution (C4IR).

A partnership of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the center, which was set up in 2020, intends to advance the fourth industrial revolution which the panelists defined as the “convergence of physical, digital and biological world, changing our ways of life and shaping our future driven by innovation.”

“The way we live, work and interact with each other, will keep evolving as technology does. But data governance frameworks have not kept up with the fast pace of digital transformation. I, therefore, commend the center for supporting the development of Rwanda’s personal data protection and privacy law,” said President Paul Kagame at the launch of the center.

The center has Crystal Rugege as the first managing director.

At the launch, Borge Brende, the WEF president, said “this center for the fourth industrial revolution will play an important role to meet the vision of Rwanda becoming a middle-income country by 2035.”

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