The Government of Rwanda has announced the establishment of a technology center of excellence (CoE) in the areas of Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The new CoE, expected to start in 2021, will be founded and operated through a Joint Venture (JV) between Elbit Systems and Ngali Holdings’ subsidiary – Locus Dynamics Ltd.
The JV will focus on research, development and delivery of advanced technological solutions mainly in areas such as AI, security and protection of critical infrastructure and assets. The CoE will include an Academy that will employ advanced training and simulation systems to develop local engineering and technical talent and foster technology transfer.
Haim Delmar, Executive General Manager, Elbit Systems C4I, said: “We are honored to support Rwanda’s efforts to embed Digitization and Artificial Intelligence skills into the Rwandan workforce, to build local capabilities and foster research and development. Rwanda’s reputation as regional leader in technology and science and its promising talent base will be key to the success of this endeavor”.
According to Wilson Kagabo, the Managing Director of Locus Dynamics, the JV will serve as a hub for Digitalization and AI technologies and innovative solutions for Rwanda and beyond.
Speaking at the announcement, Clare Akamanzi, CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) said that the entry of Elbit Systems, a world-class technology provider, is an indication of Rwanda’s attractive investment climate for business due to its sustained high economic growth, strong macroeconomic fundamentals and favorable national regulatory. Elbit System’s presence will enhance Rwanda’s reputation on the continent as a leader in technology and security.
“Elbit System’s decision to set up in Rwanda is a welcome and exciting addition to our growing Tech industry. Our ambition to become a leading innovation hub requires enhanced local capabilities in advanced technologies, particularly through the Academy which will contribute to our efforts of building a talent base in research & development and deployment of security solutions for regional and global markets,“ added Hon. Minister Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT and Innovation.
About Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and munitions. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.
About Locus Dynamics
Locus Dynamics is a systems engineering and integration company with a specific focus in areas of Aerospace & Robotics, Information Technology and Homeland Security.
About Rwanda Development Board
Rwanda Development Board is a government agency responsible for leading the country’s transformation to a dynamic global hub for business, investment, tourism and innovation. Its mission is to fast track economic development in Rwanda by enabling private sector growth. For more information visit www.rdb.rw.