BUSINESS Connexion (Pty) Limited, a South African based ICT Company has partnered with a local firm, Afrika Kusini Technologies to roll out its services in Kenya with an investment worth Sh 2billion (about $162million.)
Business Connexion is a leading integrator of innovative business solutions based on information and communications technology (ICT), with a footprint in Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania and the United Kingdom.
As a major African player in the information and communications technology (ICT) market, the company will engage predominantly in the establishment of infrastructure and data centre capabilities which will serve as the foundation for the delivery of managed ICT services.
Speaking during the launch of the company in Kenya, the firm’s Group Executive, Rodwell Zvarayi said the company’s intended international activities dovetail neatly with Kenya’s ‘Vision 2030’, plan for accelerating gross domestic product (GDP) growth through the targeted use of information technology.
He said the company will be seeking not only grow its’ footprint but also commit to supporting development in this key East African economy.
“With economic development in this region enjoying a strong focus, the timing is right for our organization to participate in and engage with the Kenyan government and private sector to play a part in accelerating that growth,” Zvarayi said.
Under Kenya’s Vision 2030 plan, the Kenyan government believes ICT will be a major contributor to boosting GDP growth to 10 percent by 2012, from its current 3 percent.
Zvarayi points to the plan, noting that the Kenyan government has initiated major steps to bridge the digital divide, lowering the cost of telecommunications, and promoting the use of ICT throughout the country.
“This is a government which has expressly acknowledged the essential role that ICT plays, not only for business, but also for rural communities. Already, innovative solutions are in place and widely used by nearly all sectors of the population, including a mobile payments system which is arguably world-leading,” he said.
Moreover, Zvarayi notes that with the Kenyan having identified wider areas of ICT which require focus in order to realise the country’s vision of becoming a regional technology hub, Business Connexion Kenya (Pty) Ltd has much to offer.”
Explaining why the time is right, Zvarayi points out that the Kenyan Minister of Information and Technology, Samuel Lesuron Poghisio has indicated that the development and implementation of policies and regulations to attract keener investment is imminent. “Already an ICT Sector Plan is in place which is designed to enable Kenyans, and investors such as Business Connexion Kenya (Pty) Ltd, to get involved and collaborate,” he said.
This plan will see the implementation of four major programmes, those being, business process outsourcing, national ICT infrastructure, e-Government strategy and the development of local digital content.
“That is all in very strong alignment with our core competencies, expertise and innovative solutions” Zvarayi emphasized.
In the spirit of “Ubuntu” and drawing on the principles of integrity and inclusion, he said a key aspect of Business Connexion Kenya’s plan as it enters this market, is to contribute to the betterment of the lives of the people of Kenya.
“This is in line with our commitment to nation building in response to Kenya’s Vision 2030 and is reflected in the partnership with local, Africa Khusini, to launch the subsidiary and embark as one on this new journey.”
Africa Khusini is a Kenyan-owned and operated business which also provides for a combination of all-important local knowledge with the expertise, reach and capabilities of Business Connexion (Pty) Ltd.
Zvarayi concludes “Opening Business Connexion Kenya (Pty) Ltd is a big and exciting, step forward for us. It provides us with a regional presence from which we are able to effectively service the public and private sector across East Africa, expanding our footprint on the continent and allowing our company to play a broader role in African development. As a leading African ICT company, our aim is to create new possibilities that will bridge Kenya’s technological divide and make connections with the power to change the world.”
BRIAN ADERO in Nairobi, Kenya