Newly-elected Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta revealed that Kenya will be establishing more ICT hubs in the country, which will drive the economy and propel Kenya’s technology to a wider audience across the world.
Kenyatta added that the new ICT hubs will be created through the new Biashara Kenya Agency, which will serve as an incubation hub.
“My Government plans to position Kenya as a Business Process Outsourcing Hub through establishment of Konza Techno City. This will provide employment opportunities specifically to the youth who will work in software development, light electronic manufacturing industries and IT-enabled services. We will also establish incubation hubs for ICT start-ups through the New Biashara Kenya Agency,” he said at the 50th Madaraka Day celebrations at the Nyayo National stadium in Nairobi.
Kenyatta also pledged to go ahead with the country’s plans to provide pupils with a laptop to further their education.
“In education, we shall make provision for the purchase of laptops in schools. We will also set aside resources for; building the capacity of teachers in lower primary schools, for content development, for the deployment of computer labs in ten schools per constituency, and for the connection of power to schools identified for provision of laptops but which do not have power. I expect the ministries and Government agencies concerned, to implement these programs expeditiously in order to transform our economy into a prosperous middle income country in which our citizens live with pride and dignity,” he said.
Kenya has been recognised internationally as one of Africa’s best places for new technology and development, something which Kenyatta is extremely proud of.
“With respect to information and telecommunications infrastructure, I am happy our country has been recognized globally as a leading ICT hub and has, indeed, received three global awards for facilitating the development of ICT infrastructure, use of e-applications in public services, and the famous mobile money transaction technology- Mpesa”.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor