In 2020, the Africa Blockchain Institute (ABI) will launch the supposedly first blockchain school in Rwanda. Offering five new courses to local developers, practitioners, and policymakers.
ABI Executive Director, Kayode Babarinde, revealed in an interview on Dec. 26 that the new school has five primary pipeline courses. Which is a blockchain critical certification course, a blockchain creation course, an enterprise blockchain course, a blockchain for lawyers and an effect blockchain course.
The groundwork laid in Ghana
Babarinde told that the ABI laid the foundation for its work in Rwanda by running a pilot phase for the school in Ghana. Where it launched the inaugural class for a blockchain essentials certification course.
While the five-course areas had already been broadly sketched out ahead of the pilot in Ghana. The school’s curriculum has now been rehauled and updated on the basis of the responses and experiences of course participants. Babarinde said that the support and cooperation of the Blockchain DLT Rwanda Association. Its chairman, Norbert Haguma, has been a key factor in its decision to launch the school in the country.
More generally, he described the local context as highly conducive to new technology innovation. Each technology company is looking for an encouraging atmosphere to serve the continent. It includes government support, resource management, and business exposure. All of these make Rwanda in Africa stand out.
While acknowledging the need to promote local production of blockchain technologies. Babarinde said that this should not mean an aversion to cooperation with the sector’s overseas initiatives. As an emerging technology with a growing community, international collaboration and partnerships are key to sustaining the continent-wide adoption of blockchain, he said.
Alongside education, part of the ABI’s core activities is the development of recommendations for strengthening Africa’s regulatory framework for blockchain and cryptocurrencies. In close cooperation with the Blockchain DLT Rwanda Association. Babarinde noted a robust regulatory framework will be key to reducing the traction of cryptocurrency-related scams. Alluding to recent “unsolicited activities” in East Africa.
Earlier this month, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya’s blockchain organizations issued a joint statement warning against these threats to the public. This summer, Uganda’s president announced the 2019 Africa Blockchain Conference. Which he listed agriculture, manufacturing and distribution, services and ICT sectors. As key economic areas benefiting from the implementation of technology.
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