Kigali has emerged as Africa’s premier smart city among the 30 cities that participated in the assessment, according to the 2023 African Smart City Index.
The index was unveiled on Wednesday, September 6, at Serena Hotel during the Africa Smart City Investment Summit held in Kigali.
Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, secured the second spot, while Nairobi, Kenya, clinched the third position as a smart city.
Cape Town in South Africa and Accra in Ghana secured the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
In the top 10 rankings, other cities included Lagos in Nigeria, Rabat in Morocco, Port Louis in Mauritius, Cairo in Egypt, and Johannesburg in South Africa.
These cities were also categorized and evaluated in various aspects.
Kigali took the top spot in the e-governance category, secured the second position in the living and well-being promotion category, and ranked third in the environment protection and integration category.
Nairobi claimed the first place in the economy and innovation category, Cape Town led in the Mobility and Access Category, Tunis topped the Living and Wellbeing category, and Port Louis secured the first position in the environment and integration category.
The Africa Smart and Sustainable Cities Index aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of the progress made by African cities in their journey towards becoming smart and sustainable.
Organizers emphasized that while other global city indexes exist, they often lack sufficient coverage of African cities and fail to account for the unique challenges and opportunities that cities in Africa face.
The summit, which has convened 1,000 participants, aims to foster public-private partnerships, showcase smart city solutions, and identify investment opportunities that could lead to thriving and sustainable African cities.