Connected Kenya Summit Announced for April 2023

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ICT CS Eliud Owalo

The Connected Kenya Summit 2023 is scheduled to take place from April 2 to April 5, 2023.

This year’s conference, titled “The Digital Economy: Endless Opportunities Shaping the Future,” will be hosted by the ICT Authority in collaboration with key players in the ICT sector.

The summit aims to review progress and achievements in the sector, share knowledge, case studies, best practices, and lessons learned, develop and recommend policy, regulatory, and operational interventions, and provide a platform for meaningful networking that will result in fruitful relationships contributing to economic development.

The conference is taking place at a time when Kenya has established itself as an e-Commerce and digital services hub in the region and Africa. The Kenyan government has been making efforts to address the digital divide challenge by providing accessible and affordable broadband connectivity to all citizens to enable their participation in the digital economy.

The show has led to various outcomes in the past, such as the Huduma Centre Initiative, the e-citizen platform, the Presidential Digital Talent Programme, and the building of the country’s digital skills and workforce through collaboration with the private sector.

The 2023 Connected Summit is expected to produce outcomes that will define how ICT will enable Kenya to achieve the objectives of the government’s Digital Transformation Agenda, in line with Vision 2030 and the Kenya National Digital Master Plan (2022-32).

The Kenyan government’s current ICT priorities include digitization of government services, digitalization, delivery of the Digital Super Highway, and building a digitally skilled workforce.

The Connected Kenya Summit, which brings together industry players from the private, public sector, and academia, has been held since 2009 and continues to gather ICT thought leaders and experts under one roof.

The ICT Authority is urging all ICT sector participants to attend the summit and contribute to sharing knowledge to find solutions on how to fully transform Kenya into a knowledge economy and regional ICT hub. This year’s event will be held in Kwale County and is expected to have over 1000 local and international delegates in attendance. It will be the largest gathering of ICT experts in the East African region, engaging in three days of intensive discussions on the Government of Kenya’s Digital agenda as recently outlined by President William Ruto.

There will be talks on emerging technologies such as Blockchain, the Internet of Things, big data, and Artificial Intelligence, among other topics.