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See how Kenya aims to becoming the tech capital of Africa

Nearly no country on the African continent has adopted technology as quickly as Kenya. The massive inflow of technology investments into the nation is proof of this.

To put things in perspective, four nations receive over 90% of Africa’s ICT investments, and Kenya just so happens to be one of them along with Nigeria, South Africa, and Egypt.

Kenya has developed into one of Africa’s digital hotspots as a result of the nation’s significant interest in embracing technological solutions and exploring the opportunities in the area.

This has led to participation from the Kenyan government as well. The nation’s government documents will be digitized, according to a recent announcement by the present administration, and this work may be completed as early as 2027.

The declaration was made by Eliud Owalo, Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communications Technology and the Digital Economy, who also noted that all government records would be digitalized over the next five years.

The Kenyan government is aiming to transform the nation into a first-rate society and Africa’s digital capital, he added during the opening of the innovation exhibition at KICC, Nairobi.

“The government is making investments in the institutions and infrastructure that are required, as well as in enabling legislative, legal, and regulatory frameworks,” Owalo said.

He stated that the Ministry of ICT has already digitalized 350 government functions and procedures, and over the course of the next six months, that number would rise to 5,000, which will also include the digitization of the Cabinet.

Moreover, both domestic and foreign partners are welcome to participate in this initiative.

The cabinet secretary added, “We will be anticipating Public-Private Partnerships in the ICT and innovation spheres to solve all concerns within the tech and innovation ecosystem, including training, talent development, placement, and creation of digital jobs.”

The national fiber optic network would also be extended by 100,000 kilometers as part of this initiative. According to Owalo, the ministry has started offering the general public government-funded Internet access through state-funded hotspots, and by 2027 they hope to have 25,000 of them operating.

Villages and markets will become digital centres thanks to these hotspots, the CS predicted.

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