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Date: Tue, 1 Oct 96 06:39:48 -0500
My mission to Rwanda turn out to be a preliminary to the big trip to
setup things scheduled for November. The groups I went to setup weren't
ready for this sort of activity. I nethertheless setup a couple
of people with direct into Kampala.
There is really little in terms of electronic networking going on in Rwanda.
However, the Leland initiative just signed a memorandum of understanding
with Rwanda government to setup full IP via RwandaTel (the State
telephone monopoly there)
There is a four months implementation plan when finally full IP will be
delivered. It comprises technical setup, training for the local PTT folks to
man the hub plus sentization for potential ISPs. The Leland idea is is to
have RwandaTel, which already has a 2 MB/s pipe to the US, serve as a HUB
for local ISPs. Under the terms of the agreement RwandaTel will be out
of the retail business.
For my mission, here is an edited version of my report to the group that sent
Rwanda is slowly waking up from the trauma of the 1994 geneoide. All the
government offices I visited bare testimony to the destruction
of the war. Most activity is centered around rehabilitation and
GHAI Electronic Communication Networking project was in this respect a first
attempt to provide assess the potential for electronic communication as
a faster mechanism for government groups involved in the areas of conflict
resolution and early warning systems on food security.
There a handful of users dialing long distance into Kampala amd Nairobi for
In my november trip, attempts will be made to setup a dialup local UUCP with
mail exchange with Kampala.
Useful contacts for electronic networking activities
in Rwanda are:
Project Manager: Democratization Initiative and Governency
Also contact for The Rwanda Leland Initiative Project
GHAI Programme officer
USAID Phone & Fax:
Rwanda government ministries visited.
On advise from the USAID mission, I made visits to the Rwanda ministry of
planning and talked to a team which included:-
Nsengumuremyi Senglo Louis
B.P. 46 Kigali