Chinese firm pledges to digitize Kenyan counties
25 November 2015, 21:32
Nairobi - Chinese telecom giant Huawei
will support digitization of Kenyan counties through investment in broadband
infrastructure and training of information and communication technology (ICT)
personnel, executives said Tuesday.
Dean Yu, Huawei Kenya CEO, said the company has partnered
with county governments to install fiber optic cables in order to expand
internet penetration in rural towns.
"Huawei is providing affordable equipment and devices
to help Kenyan counties implement their digitization programs. We are building
on our expertise and global experience to help digitize counties," Yu said
in Nairobi at a national broadband forum organized by Huawei and Kenya ICT
Policymakers, industry executives and experts, who attended
the forum, agreed that Kenyan counties must develop robust policies and explore
new financing models to accelerate internet penetration.
The company said it would support the implementation of
Kenya's ICT master-plan that roots for speedy migration of key government
functions into electronic platforms.
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Yu said Huawei has partnered with the county governments to
digitize health, education sectors alongside registration of new businesses.
"We have helped Kenyan counties to migrate their
operations to digital platforms. Critical documents can now be accessed
electronically in these counties," he told reporters.
He revealed Huawei will partner with the Kenyan ICT ministry
to accelerate the implementation of a national broadband strategy that aims to
expand coverage to high speed internet connection in the country.
Besides investing in broadband infrastructure in the
counties, Huawei has provided technical training to Kenyan youth to enable them
to participate in the country's digital transformation.
Yu noted that tech savvy youth have assisted county
governments digitize their key operations like issuance of business permits,
land title deeds and identity cards.
"We have been recruiting students from universities and
colleges to join our internship program every year. The training program has
improved their skills in ICT to enable them become active players in Kenya's
digital transition," he said.