The youth in Kenya have been challenged to develop ICT innovations and applications that could be utilized to enhance production of goods and services within and outside the country.

Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) Joe Mucheru said Kenya had expertise on ICT whose skills and innovations could be exported to other countries.

Addressing parents and 30 graduants from disadvantaged background who had undergone training on digital training for life skills in Nairobi today, Mr. Mucheru said the youth could export their innovations on covert them into shares  in technology companies  making them part of  investors.

The youth sponsored for six-month training on career guidance and building techniques, computer assembling, internet and networking were drawn from poor background. Huawei Technologies and e-monitoring Africa sponsored the training.

The Cabinet Secretary said the government was working towards resolving issues of unemployment for the youth through creation of Ajira Digital platform and the Constituency Innovation Hubs.

Chinese ambassador to Kenya Dr. Liu Xianfa said his country provided 200 scholarships to Kenyan youth last year to pursue ICT training in China.

Mr. Xianfa said his country was committed to providing support to Kenya in ICT capacity building to bridge digital divide within and without.

By Cheruiyot Korir – April 26th 2017