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Construction Of Africa’s Most Advanced City Progresses In Rwanda

THE Rwandan government has partnered with Africa50 to advance the construction of Kigali Innovation City, set to become Africa’s most advanced city. The project moved forward after Africa 50 signed an implementation agreement with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the Rwandan government. This agreement grants Africa 50 exclusive rights to develop, operate, and commercialise the 61-hectare innovation city.

The agreement, signed recently on the sidelines of the African Development Bank (AfDB) annual meetings in Nairobi, aims to unlock the next development phase following the unveiling of Kigali Innovation City’s urban master plan. Once completed, the city will feature state-of-the-art technological amenities and serve as a mixed-use, master-planned innovation hub.

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Significance of Kigali Innovation City

The construction of Kigali Innovation City is poised to create a robust technology ecosystem for Rwanda and the broader African continent. The city will host four Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-focused universities, global technology companies, startup incubators, and various technology players. This development aligns with Rwanda’s ambitions to leverage its project development, structuring expertise, and convening power to attract substantial capital for transformative projects.

Kigali Innovation City is expected to stimulate $150 million in ICT exports annually and attract over $300 million in foreign direct investment. The city will feature Grade-A residential, commercial, retail, and educational assets designed to accommodate both local and international businesses. These amenities will be utilised by prominent institutions, further solidifying Rwanda’s position as a leader in advanced technological research and innovation.

Economic and technological impact

The master plan for Kigali Innovation City aims to bolster Rwanda’s economy through strategic investments and economic opportunities. By providing a platform for technological advancement and innovation, the city will not only enhance Rwanda’s economic growth but also position the country as a trailblazer in advanced technological research for East African nations and the entire continent.

The Kigali Innovation City project exemplifies Rwanda’s commitment to creating a sustainable and prosperous future through technology and innovation. As construction progresses, the city is set to become a landmark of modernity and a catalyst for economic development in Africa.

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