The government’s effort to create 1 Million jobs annually for the young people is still underway and will be rolled out soon. This has been confirmed by Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Mr. Joe Mucheru.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of Nairobi Innovation Week, CS Mucheru noted that through online jobs, the young graduates will be able to get jobs and the rate of employment will reduce significantly. The Cabinet Secretary challenged the young people to create innovations that will solve both global and local problems like hunger, heath-care and education among others. He urged the young technology savvy people to join the creative industry and create content for the flagship laptop project.
“Countries that have excelled have an element of research and development,” he said. Mr. Mucheru cited examples like China, India, Israel and South Korea as some of the countries we should learn from their meteoric rise to the top.
“As government, we have provided the technology infrastructure: high speed internet, technology hubs, and good education, “said Mr. Mucheru. He observed that the Kenyans need to embrace ‘Buy Kenya build Kenya”. Kenya tech innovations like Mpesa, Ushahidi, Mkopa need to be embraced by all.
The Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, took the opportunity to thank the partners, who have supported the event. The partners being: Barclays Bank, (6Million), KBC Group (3 Million), Safaricom ( 1Million ), UoN Alumni ( 0.5Million) among others. She noted that by supporting technology innovations, lives will be changed.
On his part, the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof Peter Mbithi noted that Nairobi Innovation Week will give innovators an opportunity to showcase their innovations. He urged more partners to support the 10 year innovation program by funding or mentoring the young business startups. “Let’s work the entire year solving challenges,” he said.
Also present were Barclays Bank CEO, Jeremy Awori, Finland Embassy Representative and Africa Development Bank CEO who pledged to support the young innovators in Africa to the tune of USD 3 Billion, to create jobs.