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joemucherupxDAILY NATION By JAMES KARIUKI

Wednesday September 07, 2016

More than 41,000 people working in business processing and outsourcing firms are set to benefit from the ongoing digital infrastructure project by the national government, Information Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has said.

Speaking at Kenya School of Government in Kiambu County on Monday, CS Mucheru said more online jobs will be created once all government departments embrace e-government, making information readily available for better decision making on health, agriculture and investment.

Mr Mucheru spoke when he ushered in 400 management trainees currently enrolled in the 12 months long Presidential Digital Talent Programme that is jointly managed by the government and the private sector.

He said that ICT staff in government would also spearhead the adoption of technology in the counties.

WI-FI SERVICES IN COUNTIES

Currently, county governments are involved in laying infrastructure for both Wi-Fi and broadband services which will ensure citizens access adequate information for various uses.

“Think of sun-dried tomatoes being imported to Kenya from Spain. Why can’t Kenyans do the same, knowing too well we have the kind of sun unrivalled by many?

“It is up to us to think of the impact we shall have on Kenyans’ lives when we join government and speed up the process of making all processes digital,” he said.

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

The CS welcomed the public and private sector partnership saying it would inculcate a working culture among ICT and engineering graduates from local universities.

“Kenya is currently riding on global events that have brought presidents, prime ministers and billionaire businesspeople to its soil.

“It just shows the potential [that] Kenya has in reaping from this new-found fame that has every notable person in the world keen on coming,” he said.

Mr Mucheru said that Kenya’s Vision 2030 would be achieved at a much faster pace if it prepared young people to acquire digital skills, thereby helping to power a knowledge-based economy.

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