Nairobi, KENYA: Over 500 participants drawn from governments of 70 countries, business, academia, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations family have converged in Nairobi to formulate strategies on maximizing the use of technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs.
During the launch of the global ICT Capacity Building Symposium (CBS-2016) on Wednesday, Deputy President William Ruto said ICT is expected to contribute at least 8% to Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product GDP in this financial year.
“According to the 2016 Kenya Economic Survey the value of ICT expanded from sh. 259 million in 2014 to sh. 281 million in 2015. ICT is expanding Kenya’s economy in different sectors like health, finance, education and agriculture,” Ruto reaffirmed.
“We live in a knowledge economy where new opportunities are emerging every day. ICT is now at the centre of almost everything we do, and those who are empowered with digital skills and have the ability and opportunity to learn and adapt will gain a significant competitive advantage,” said the International Telecommunication Union ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology identified ICT as an enabler that would propel Kenya into achieving Vision 2030.
“ For instance the government backed project Digital Literacy Program is a good example whereby we are providing connection to schools and ensuring that students and surrounding communities have the ability to master computer skills,” Mucheru remarked.
Speaking during the event Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Fred O. Matiang’i said that digitizing of learning methods was a path Kenya was following so as to improve learning methods and models.
“We plan to offer educators and students new digital tools such as virtual classrooms, personalized instructions, adaptive curriculum, and blended learning,” he continued.
Organized by the ITU, a UN specialized agency for ICT, and hosted by the Communications Authority of Kenya, the global ICT Capacity Building Symposium (CBS-2016) provides an opportunity for stakeholders from across the world to discuss trends and developments in the sector and their implications for human and institutional capacity building