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Rwanda launches Africa's first Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Rwandan government announced the launch of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has led to technological breakthroughs in many fields, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, the Internet of Things and robotics, 3D printing, nanotechnology and biotechnology. C4IR Rwanda joins a network of 15 centers spanning four continents.

The centers of the fourth industrial revolution are shaping a new policy and strategy for technology management that ensures rapid adoption through a fast-growing network of national and sub-national centers. C4IR Rwanda will focus on data management, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

"I think the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Rwanda will play an important role in meeting the goal of making Rwanda an upper-middle-income country by 2035. The center, I hope, will be a key enabler of Rwanda's goal of becoming an even more prosperous society," said WEF President Peter Brabeck-Letmathe.

The Global Network of Centers is a platform for multi-stakeholder collaboration, bringing together the public and private sectors to maximize technology benefits for society while minimizing the risks associated with the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

In October 2021, the Government of the Russian Federation and the WEF signed a memorandum on the establishment of the Center of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Russia.
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