Rwanda signs MoU with Andela to establish "the first Pan-African tech hub" in Kigali

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Rwanda, through the Rwanda Development Board, has today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Andela to establish the "first Pan-African tech hub" in Kigali.

This comes just two weeks after we reported that the Rwanda cabinet had given a go-ahead to the partnership proposal which is likely to have been tabled by Andela.

The signing took place today in Kigali and was witnessed by both Andela's CEO, Jeremy Johnson as well as Rwanda's Minister of ICT.

"The Government of Rwanda, represented by the Ministry of ICT and Rwanda Development Board, has today signed a partnership agreement with Andela to establish the company’s pan-African tech hub in Kigali," RDB wrote in the press release.

Rwanda is looking at getting support from Andela towards developing their ICT goals.

"Through the partnership with RDB, Andela will support the country’s ICT goals by supporting the development of Rwandan and other talent from across the African continent."

Jeremy Johnson, commenting on the signed partnership said that "Kigali was chosen as Andela’s first Pan-African hub due to its strong existing infrastructure, technological excellence and ease of access for developers across the continent."

"Through the partnership with RDB, Andela will support the country’s ICT goals by supporting the development of Rwandan and other talent from across the African continent."

According to the press release, the hub will be open to anyone from across Africa. Hence the name pan-African hub.

"Applications to the hub will be open to candidates from any African country looking to jumpstart a global career in software development," wrote RDB.

Those looking to join the hub should be on the look-out for when the applications open which is next month. While Andela will also launch its tech campus in Kigali towards the end of this year.

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"Andela will open applications for the first developer cohort in August 2018 and open its Kigali tech campus in December 2018."

Andela has been expanding across the continent and we reported last week that the company is currently in the process to expand to Egypt, Cameroon and Ghana.

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