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April 23rd, 2019 / New Times, Rwanda

Rwanda is quickly becoming an innovator’s paradise. Technology companies and manufacturers from within and outside the continent are moving to the country to either set up innovation hubs or manufacturing plants.

Last year Andela, which originally launched in Nigeria, announced it was launching a pan-African tech hub in Kigali. The hub will recruit and train software developers from anywhere in Africa. This year, CcHub, a Nigerian innovation lab, also launched its new design lab in Rwanda. The design lab fosters collaboration among researchers, designers, product engineers and global stakeholders to solve Africa’s systemic problems in public health, education, governance and the private sector.

Not only Africa-focused companies are setting up shop in Rwanda, multinational businesses are also doing the same. South American laptop maker, Positivo BGH, started manufacturing laptops in Rwanda in 2018. Speaking on the expansion, Juan Ignacio Ponelli, President of Africa at Positivo BGH said, “We are a top company in technology but we are known really just in South America. So right now we decided to go global and chose [Rwanda] to start the international arm for this group.” Read more …