On Friday, 8th November 2019, Rwanda Celebrated Africa Day of Information, the event organized by Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), in partnership with Media High Council, Rwanda Media Commission and Association of Rwanda Journalists.
The event held at Kigali Convention Center brought together policymakers, local and foreign media experts to discuss on the role of media in the disruptive era.
In her opening Remarks, The CEO of RGB, Dr Usta Kaitesi said that the celebration is an opportunity to reflect on the journey of the media for the last 25 years and its role in the country's reconstruction after the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
“The media has been a key partner in the socioeconomic transformation that has taken place in Rwanda by fostering accountable governance, transparency, and accountability, fighting corruption and citizen participation.” She added.
On a panel discussing on upholding journalism quality, staying financially in the digital space, the Executive Secretary of MHC, Peacemaker Mbugiramihigo, said that media practitioners should start using opportunities that came with technology through diversifying, being creative, innovative and competitive.
During this event, RGB presented findings on “Impact Assessment of the media sector reforms”, the report was about the major media reforms made by Rwanda in 2013, including Media self-regulation, Access to Information Law, Transformation of ORINFOR from a state-owned media into a public broadcaster, and giving MHC a new mandate of media capacity building.
The findings have shown that there have been significant achievements where the contribution of media policy and various laws to media performance and socio-economic Development was ranked at 80.1%, Contribution of Access to Information Law to the promotion of transparency and accountable governance at 77.2%, Self-regulation, and media accountability at 78.2%.
The public broadcaster and promotion of public interests at 83.7% while the Media High Council and media capacity building that looked at the Relevance of training provided by MHC was ranked at 78.8%.
The celebration of Africa Day of Information coincided with the annual Development Journalism Awards 2019 that aims at encouraging and promoting excellence and professionalism by awarding best performing journalists and media houses.
MUKANEZA Marie Ange
Public Relations and Communication Officer