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Kenya Taps Huawei to Develop the Country’s ICT Infrastructure

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The Kenya Government is tapping Huawei Technologies to help with the development of the country’s ICT infrastructure, promote the digitization of various sectors of the country, such as transportation, e-government, education, digital energy among others. This was announced yesterday after President William Ruto visited Huawei’s Beijing Executive Briefing Center (EBC).

This will not be the first time the Chinese tech giant is working with the government. Back in 2016, the company showcased its smart ICT gadgets targeting County governments in Kenya. Huawei is no stranger to Kenya and has worked with the government and companies such as Safaricom before.

Through the latest partnership, Huawei and the government have agreed to improve digital skills and knowledge sharing to equip the youth with the necessary skills for the job market. 

Speaking on this, President Ruto said, “We recognise the urgent need to develop a green, digital and creative economy in Kenya. In this regard, we therefore regard Huawei as a reliable partner of Kenya in terms of improving digital infrastructure, with its pioneering strength in ICT technologies driven by its heavy R&D investment.” The President was not clear on the depth of this partnership so we do not have the details yet. We look forward to strengthening the partnership for more positive outcomes of ICT infrastructure construction and industrial digitalization,” he added. 

Huawei on its part said it is ready to work with the Kenyan government to grow the digital and creative economy in the country.

“Huawei hopes to facilitate Kenya’s development in fields like the ICT connectivity infrastructure, national data center and solar power generation. We will continue to dedicate ourselves to improving young Kenyans’ digital skills and literacy. Huawei values openness, collaboration and win-win results. We will enhance investment in the R&D of cutting-edge technologies across connectivity, computing and digital power. Our team will work with local customers and partners to make greater contributions to the digital economy in Kenya,” said Chairman of Huawei’s Board of Directors, Mr. Liang Hua. 

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