Kenya’s government is has made a commitment to spearhead major Information and Communication Technology (ICT) investments that will support entrepreneurs and facilitate access to Wi-Fi in all of its constituencies, the East African Nation’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
Speaking in the country’s capital of Nairobi this week, Kenyatta said the expansion will include the country’s digital literacy programme and constituency digital innovation hubs, two of State’s innovation-based initiaitves.
Kenyatta this week attended a symposium on the theme “Digital Drivers: Enabling the Growth of Africa’s Digital Economy” at Strathmore University in Nairobi.
“The future of technology and innovation in this country, and the means by which to give an opportunity to our young people, is what will make a difference on our efforts to build a prosperous Kenya,” he said in a statement issued on February 27th, 2018.
“Jobs are a big focus. Facilitating the growth of a digital economy is an important pillar to realize our vision to transform Kenya into a middle income, knowledge-based economy, and of course, deliver jobs,” Kenyatta added.
Kenya has already embarked on an initiative dubbed the Konza Techno-city project, and heavily invested in what is known as the Ajira Digital Programme and the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI).
The three represent the region’s first ‘technopolis’ of its kind, an online employment initiative, and a network that will provide reliable government service delivery to Kenyans, respectively.
Konza Technology City is a large technology hub planned by the Government of Kenya to be built outside of Nairobi.
Ajira Digital is a government of Kenya programme launched by the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru that is geared towards enhancing youth employment in Kenya through online jobs.
NOFBI is a project aimed at ensuring connectivity in all OF Kenya’s 47 Counties. The implementation of the project aims to ease communication across Counties as well as improve government service delivery to citizens
“To achieve the ambitious goals that we have laid out, we must optimise connectivity and Internet access, ensuring that we are giving young people and our workforce the skills necessary to succeed, and leveraging the data to drive greater access to services and opportunities,” President Kenyatta continued.