The government intends to expand the national digital superhighway by 100,000 kilometres over a period of the next ten years according to Information, Communications and Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo.
The expansion will be carried out under a public-private partnership arrangement.
“We are also committed to establishing 25,000 free digital hotspots for our people, by creating digital centres in all marketplaces in our country and to connecting all public institutions, schools, and hospitals to the national digital superhighway, through public funding and cooperation with private partners,” said the CS while addressing the 2022 International Conference on Economic Innovation Partnership Program in South Korea.
While calling for cooperation between the two countries in order to actualize the programme, Owalo underscored the centrality of equipping the people with the essential digital skills, through training, especially for their participation in E-commerce.
“I am particularly pleased to note that your continued support has enabled Kenya’s vision of developing a smart city starting to become a reality,” said the CS as he highlighted the milestones achieved as a result of bilateral relations between Kenya and Korea.
He cited the ongoing construction of the Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology located at the Konza Technopolis and which he indicated has been modelled from that of Korea.
The enrolment of the first class to the institute is expected to commence in 2024 with the curriculum already developed with support from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
Earlier, Owalo vouched for the partnership of the two countries in the digital space terming it instrumental in facilitating Kenya’s visionary agenda of an empowered and digitized society, for competitiveness and sustainable development.
He made the remarks when he participated at the Korea-Kenya Business Forum as a panelist.
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