Amazon Web Services, Inc. [AWS], a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., has made a significant announcement today regarding its commitment to Kenya’s information and communications technology [ICT] sector. AWS has unveiled the establishment of a new development center in Kenya, which will serve as a hub for AWS Research & Development teams. This initiative is set to generate a multitude of highly skilled employment opportunities in the fields of software development, cloud support, and software engineering. Moreover, it will facilitate the creation of innovative solutions for a global customer and partner base.
His Excellency Dr. William Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Forces, expressed his optimism about the Kenyan technology sector’s continuous growth and job creation. He emphasized the significance of AWS’s decision to establish a development center in Kenya, underscoring the trust AWS has placed in the country’s people and economy. President Ruto looks forward to further collaboration with AWS as the company deepens its commitment to Kenya.
According to Uwem Ukpong, Vice President of Global Services at AWS, partnering with AWS’s associates to fosters the growth of high-tech jobs in one of Africa’s leading tech hubs. He highlighted the new center’s potential to tap into the rich pool of local technical talent, enhancing Kenya’s economic development in the process. This development is seen as mutually beneficial for all parties involved.
Robin Njiru, Public Sector Lead West, East & Central Africa at AWS, acknowledged the growing demand for skills in Kenya’s technology landscape. He emphasized that this investment allows local talent to contribute to global customer solutions and experiences. More talent can lead to increased innovation, greater customer satisfaction, and economic growth, marking a significant transformation in Kenya’s tech scene.
Kate Goodall, co-founder and CEO of Halcyon, noted the collaboration between Halcyon and AWS in supporting impact-driven ventures across Africa. Through skills development and AWS cloud credits, they have enabled innovators to address pressing global challenges. The launch of the new center in Kenya is expected to further enhance this collaboration and benefit the next generation of social entrepreneurs.
Amazon’s commitment to Kenya goes beyond the establishment of the development center. AWS has been actively investing in education, offering programs like AWS re/Start to train adults in cloud computing skills. The initiative aims to connect Kenyan youth with employment opportunities in the tech sector. Additionally, AWS has launched AWS Local Zones in Nairobi, expanding its cloud infrastructure to meet the demands of various sectors, including healthcare, financial services, and the public sector. Furthermore, AWS is upskilling 10,000 students in collaboration with the Information Communication Technology [ICT] Authority and supporting organizations like Hurone AI in their expansion efforts, emphasizing its dedication to advancing technology and education in Kenya.