President Uhuru Kenyatta has today directed ministries and government departments to use products and services manufactured in Kenya as one way of spurring the IT growth. The president was speaking during the inaugural Innovation forum at the KICC. “We have the responsibility to offer support to these innovators through specific programs,” said the President. The president conducted a tour at the Innovation Village prior to the start of the event and commended the ingenious ideas and products showcased.
The president also directed the various government ministries to work together and accelerate ICT growth through increased funding and setting up of incubators to supplement the available ones. The president also asked the ICT ministry to ensure the proposed Enterprise Kenya intervention takes off soon.He lauded the ICT sector for its continued strides towards the development of the economy.
“Innovation is vital and urgent. Do not hold back, let’s move forward on this great adventure“.
The Private sector through KITOS has been working with the government to harness synergies, create policies and largely improving the sector. The President urged private sector players to improve ICT export output.
The government is committed to make Kenya the best in Africa and a global leader in matters innovation. The president affirmed the government’s commitment to creation of the Silicon Savanna through investment in infrastructure geared at lowering the cost of production, creation of a competent human resource through the Presidential digital platform, acceleration of ICT growth through the ICT Ministry and ICT Authority, and increasing access to funding.
“ICT extends opportunity to all irrespective of location, background, gender or disability.We can indeed make this country great” added the President.