Kenya has again attracted the attention of international investors following a visit by Westminster Africa Business Group (WABG), a group that brings together UK politicians and entrepreneurs with business interests in Africa.
Laurence Robertson, who led a WABG delegation that paid a courtesy call on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, said they were seeking to explore investment opportunities in Kenya.
Mr Robertson, who is also MP of Tewkesbury of the UK Parliament, said the group that represented 10 companies from the UK interested in creating business opportunities and partnerships in Kenya.
Mucheru explained that the Kenya government embraces and promotes ICT in all its development programmes.
He emphasised that government ministries are promoting digitisation and cited Konza technoplis as a flagship project which is exclusively IT as indicative of Kenya’s determination to become an IT hub in the region.
He added that the government has other IT initiatives such as Digital Literacy Programme (DLP), Presidential Digital Talent Programme and the Constituency Digital Innovation Hubs projects aimed at enhancing ICT capacity and innovations.
The CS also explained that the ministry formulates responsive policies and laws that regulate standards and services in the ICT, telecommunications and media industry.
He said the ministry is also charged with the responsibility of developing and administering ICT standards, building capacity of mass media and disseminating of public information through the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.
Mr Mucheru added that Kenya was working with regional partners to enhance digital development through the Smart Africa programme that promotes a single digital market of over one billion market users.