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Rwanda Looks to Space to Boost Information Technology Footprint

  • ICT to contribute 10% of GDP in next decade, from 3% currently
  • Nation applied for launch of ‘thousands’ of satellites by 2023

Rwanda plans to invest in its space industry to more than triple the contribution of information and communications to 10% of gross domestic product over the next decade.

The East African nation is seeking partners to build its own satellites, partly to create back up international connectivity and for collection of spatial data for government agencies, Information and Communications Technology Minister Paula Ingabire said in an interview late Monday.