ICT development is for the benefit of all COMESA’s people and Rwanda is willing to support all projects with this in mind. This was the key message given by Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Hon. Louise Mushikiwabo, during the signing of MoU agreement between the Government of Rwanda and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) on February 22, 2011.
The agreement announced Rwanda’s hosting of the regional ‘Communication Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management Project’. Speaking at the signing the minister said, “I must stress the multiple benefits this has for all of our nations and it sends a clear signal right across our region. This advances, integration, information technology, and air travel safety, all of which our people will benefit from”
The CNS/ATM will centralize the air traffic control for the entire COMESA region and allow seamless flow of traffic in the airspace. The project will focus on increasing communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic organization so as to maximize security. A grant worth $5.7 million from the African Development Bank will finance the project which will conclude in the building and operation of functioning infrastructure.
Rwanda was chosen as the lead country for this project during the 2006 Heads of State meeting in Djibouti. The project will eventually progress into Rwanda additionally hosting the ‘COMESA Climate Change Observatory’ and the ‘COMESA Broad Band Interactive System’.
Speaking of Rwanda’s commitment COMESA Secretary General, Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya, said ‘We need to have champions for each of our projects. And this is a project I know will make H.E Paul Kagame very happy. He has emphasized the importance of results, so it is important that we get results.’
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