Everything you need to know about RICTA
RICTA is basically an acronym that means ‘Rwanda Information and Communication Technology Association’ an entity that was formed in 2005 with the objective of managing the .RW country code top level domain and the Rwanda Internet exchange point.
RICTA while is a not for profit organization, represents the Rwanda Internet community. This means the entity also doubles as a platform for debate and shares information regarding Internet regulation, policies and coordination in Rwanda.
“With our impartial position we ensure that we enhance and promote Internet usage in Rwanda. However our scope of work is not limited to managing the .RW registry only. We also promote the localization of local content. Our close relationship with international organizations on key Internet related issues supports our mandate to make the Internet a better place for every one including business owners,” says Nkeramugaba Ghislain, RICTA’s CEO.
It is important to note that RICTA comprises different ICT institutions, which include the Ministry of ICT, the regulator RURA among others.
In terms of Internet governance, RICTA establishes and coordinates the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) a multi-stakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance.
Some of these key elements include Internet's sustainability, robustness, security, stability and the industry’s development in Rwanda. The United Nations Secretary-General formally announced the establishment of the IGF in July 2006 and the first meeting was convened in October/November 2006.
“Internet governance is important not only to RICTA but also to the entire local Internet community, and we RICTA have been consistent in making sure the Rwanda IGF (RwIGF) platform is in place, and that all stakeholders continue to engage in constructive discussions on matters pertaining to the governance of Internet in Rwanda and other things,” Nkeramugaba adds.
Lately, RICTA, in partnership with the Ministry of ICT, and the regulator RURA, including other institutions like JICA, IGFSA, BSC and ISOC, organized the RwIGF with the theme ‘Broadband as a Utility’. It was an important event to remind all the players involved in the Internet industry that broadband, which constitutes the foundation of the Internet should be treated as a utility, at the same level as electricity and water.
“The 2017 event was attended by 124 participants. Going forward, we hope to have a more successful RwIGF 2018, which we will communicate in due time,” Nkeramugaba says.
RICTA’s Vision is ‘Enabling Internet’ and mission is to ‘to promote and manage key Internet resources optimally to benefit the community’.