December 5th 2019                                                             

By Cheruiyot Korir

The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Information, Communication and Technology Joe Mucheru has challenged young people to take advantage of the digital revolution that provides numerous employment opportunities.

Mucheru said in this digital era there are many opportunities but few get such opportunities because many are not ‘conscious about it’ the economic and employment potential of in the digital space .
Speaking in Mombasa today when he graced the Pwani Innovation Week organized by Swahilipot, the CS said in this day and age of technological revolution young people have no option but to constantly explore the digital space where the future of work has shifted.

He said the government committed to the digital initiatives that seek to give young people the tools to help them use technology to find and bid for online work.

‘Whether you are looking for a new job or want to start your own business the impact of technology cannot be overlooked” said Mucheru adding that technology has disrupted almost every single aspect of life.

The Swahilipot hub is an initiative that seeks to foster and promote youth entrepreneurship and innovation in Mombasa, Kwale and Lamu counties.

The CS lauded the initiative saying the innovation hub with free high-speed internet will help the youth in the region develop innovative ICT products and applications from conception, production and marketing.

The Principal Secretary for ICT Jerome Ochieng advised the youth to appreciate employment in the non-formal sectors to help reduce the unemployment situation in the country.

Ochieng said the ICT ministry was running Ajira digital training programme which seeks to help young people get the required skills to secure jobs online.

On her part, the Deputy British High Commissioner, Susie Kitchens said they are committed to support projects that are geared to the creation socio-economic opportunities for young people saying they are the ones who will lead Kenya into the future.