Kenya trains 30,000 youth for ICT revolution

December 8, 2008

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 8 – The Government has trained over 30,000 youth in entrepreneurial skills to take advantage of anticipated opportunities when laying of fibre optic cables is completed next year.

Information and Communications Permanent Secretary (PS) Dr Bitange Ndemo said will the government will also launch a one-million-laptops campaign to increase Information Communication Technology (ICT) penetration across the country.

The PS said the countrywide training focused on equipping the youth with necessary business skills so that the country is ready for the ICT revolution which will be brought about by the entry of the fibre optic.

‘’Kenya will have the fibre optic in June next year. We want to be sure that as country we take benefit from the immense opportunities,’’ said Dr Ndemo at a Kenya Film Commission-sponsored animators exhibition.

Dr Ndemo said that Kenya may loose out of the fibre optic unless entrepreneurs moved in a proactive manner to embrace the opportunities especially in the film industry.

‘’We are proactive in creating a good environment for the movie industry, it would be a tragedy if we don’t use these opportunities to create jobs and wealth for Kenya,’’ said Dr Ndemo.

The PS said that the fibre optic would demand content and it is up to the Kenyan entrepreneurs to move with speed and fill the vacuum.

‘’If you don’t develop content, somebody else will do so and Kenya will loose out,’’ said Dr Ndemo.

The PS challenged the youth entrepreneurs to take advantage of the opportunities brought about by the growing appetite for local content in TV stations to develop movies.

‘’As animators, you now have the opportunity to be creative and sell your products both locally and internationally,’’ said Mr David Maingi, the Kenya Film Commission Managing Director.

Local TV stations are increasingly placing a premium on local content. Locally produced movies now occupy prime time slots.

‘’Kenyan film is increasingly gaining both local and international recognition, it is now up to animators and producers to work closely with the commission to grow the industry,’’ Mr Maingi added.

He said that the commission would continuously work closely with stakeholders to ensure that the operating environment was sensitive to industry needs.

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