There is a bustling tech sector in Kigali - they're making iPhone apps, designing and building hardware, etc. etc. There is a huge community of entrepreneurial younger people. People are extremely well educated, friendly and kind. I never saw a single piece of trash in the entire country.
I felt as safe riding moto taxis around in the dark in Kigali as I do in any Canadian city.
Here’s what I found on that site:
> I’m doing an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit right now.
Come on over to Reddit.com and ask me any question you have about my three year, 54,000 mile and 35 country expedition around Africa.
It’s all on the table – safety, money, health, budget, visas, route, people, animals, the Jeep.
(Also thanks for the AMA link)
The coastline paradox is much more of a measurement problem then a physical one.
And Yes, I did some zig-zagging! - https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw4h0X_Fq_G/
I know it's likely hyperbole, but...JFC. Would you say an East-coaster who hikes part of the Appalachian trail knows Appalachia? At best, their knowledge is surface-level.
I highly, highly recommend going through all the posts. I had no idea some of these countries and landscapes even existed.
Cape Town already has a good tech scene and is a great place to move to for programmers, but I would like to see sustained tech progress in SA's other big cities and then places like Rwanda or the eastern African countries.
I mean, South Africa certainly has its problems, that's for sure. But I mean, Rwanda? With its disappeared opposition, assassinated dissidents, and child soldiers securing Tantalum deposits in Congo?
I don't know man? South Africa certainly has its problems, but even under Apartheid, you didn't see them sending child soldiers into neighboring countries. (Not that sending adult soldiers to secure diamond mines is that much better than sending child soldiers to secure tantalum deposits I suppose? But it just seems not as bad to me.)
It's done them well, but at some point the mindset will have to change.
Just hasn't done much for the thousands slaughtered in Congo.
Guy's a murderous turd and the worst kind of genocidal thieving resource warlord. Represents everything Ghana, Senegal, South Africa etc are trying to relegate to history books in Africa. Sooner he's gone, the better for Africa. People won't look at Africa as being quite so barbaric when a certain set of leaders finally die off. Kagame is definitely chief among them.
So it's not really manufacturing the entire device locally, but it's a good first step. You gotta take these steps to build local expertise before you can think about building stuff like IC manufacturing that's local in a meaningful way. It sounds like they're on the right track, and I wish them the best.
So I'm happy enough to give credit to rwanda for assembling the motherboard component by component.
In addition to the US, there are and several throughout Europe, Russia, and former Soviet countries. Plus many countries throughout Asia.
You have to pay license fees :) but yeah that's the idea. SPARC and MIPS are a bit more open actually.
Ultimately what matters is things like how much value is created in the local economy (employment), and how independent they are from loss of their source of imports.
So yeah, these things are subjective.
They are led by a paternalistic figure who helped stop the genocide and has high support in the population. It's not as democratic as I would like, and the Rwandan meddling in Congo isn't exactly clean, but trajectory of Rwanda to middle income country status is commendable. I worry about Kagame's admiration for the Chinese model of development, though. I guess an advantage of Africa versus China is the nations are more numerous and so power is more disperse (possible exception: Nigeria by the end of the century). I hope a gradual trajectory toward prosperity for all, freedom, and peace take place on this continent.
I'm not saying he didn't do great things to stop the genocide in 94, but the country is the way it is because he rules with an iron fist.
Only continent where they make ENTIRELY phones is Asia.