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Blueprint for smart African cities unveiled

The blueprint was unveiled by Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT

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President Paul Kagame of Rwanda reads through the blueprint. On the left is Houlin Zhao , the Secretary General, International Telecommunications Union while on the right is Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure

The blueprint was unveiled by Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT. The Rwandan capital of Kigali has been touted as a leading example of what a smart city in Africa should be like. Recently, the city launched 4G Wi-Fi on public buses in Kigali.

“Cities are under tremendous pressure to reinvent themselves. Citizens are placing increasing demand on leaders to innovate, make cities and communities safer, and to offer more economic opportunity. Leaders are operating in environments where budgets are declining, the infrastructure is overstretched, and natural and unnatural disasters pose increasing threats. The world’s population is moving into urban areas, placing additional pressure on services,” reads an overview of the blueprint.

What makes a smart city?
A smart city should have well organized city flows that run through infrastructure systems, networks and conduits including vehicles, goods and people through transportation infrastructure, information through communication systems, water through supply pipelines, waste through sewerage and municipal waste systems and energy through electricity grids.

The document further says that for a city to be smart, it should offer excellent services to people in areas such as healthcare, policing among others. Neighborhoods, infrastructure should also be well planned.

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