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Rwandan startup wins over Rwf3 billion Covid-19 hackathon

Digital Umuganda, a local artificial intelligence startup has been selected among nine winners of Smart Development Hack, a European Commission-led hackathon designed to produce digital solutions to tackle the effects of coronavirus pandemic in developing countries around the world.

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Source: The New Times

Rwanda unveils $11bn climate action plan

Rwanda has become the first African country to submit a new national climate plan, whose implementation requires $11 billion (10.2 trillion), as an essential tool to implement the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement, signed in 2015, aims to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius with an ambition to contain any increase at below 1.5 degrees.

The updated pledges to fight climate change are being submitted ahead of COP-26.

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is planned to take place from 9-19 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK. Read more

Source: The New Times


Rwanda Space Agency to be operational in July

Engineers prepare to send into orbit Rwanda’s first-ever satellite from a spaceport on the Atlantic coast of French Guiana last year. The main purpose of the satellite, nicknamed ‘Icyerekezo’ by students from Nkombo Island, is to connect remote schools to the internet. /Photo: File.

Acabinet meeting held on Monday approved a draft law establishing the Rwanda Space Agency (RSA), signaling yet another step towards promoting advancement in earth observation technologies.

Rwanda joins a few countries in Africa that have space agencies, including Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, South Africa, Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe.

The new space agency is expected to be operational by July, according to the Ministry of ICT and Innovation. Read more

Source: The New Times