The government of Kenya and Huawei Technologies have recently formalized an agreement to collaborate on the advancement of Kenya’s ICT infrastructure. This strategic partnership aims to drive the digitization of various sectors within the country, encompassing domains like transportation, e-government, education, and digital energy, among others. Emphasizing the importance of preparing the youth for employment, both parties have committed to fostering the development of digital skills and knowledge sharing initiatives.
During his visit to Huawei’s Beijing Executive Briefing Center [EBC], President William Ruto underscored the pressing need to establish a green, digital, and creative economy in Kenya. Acknowledging Huawei’s robust expertise in ICT technologies and substantial investment in research and development, he heralded the company as a dependable ally in the pursuit of enhancing digital infrastructure.
President Ruto expressed optimism about the prospects of fortifying the partnership to yield positive outcomes for ICT infrastructure development and industrial digitalization in the country.
Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei’s Board of Directors, echoed the sentiment, affirming Huawei’s readiness to forge closer ties with the Kenyan government to foster the growth of the digital and creative economy. Huawei is poised to facilitate Kenya’s progress in critical areas such as ICT connectivity infrastructure, national data centers, and solar power generation. Underscoring its commitment to nurturing digital literacy and skills among the youth, Huawei reiterated its dedication to investing in cutting-edge technologies across connectivity, computing, and digital power. The company emphasized a collaborative approach, emphasizing its support for local customers and partners to make substantial contributions to Kenya’s digital economy.
Having commenced operations in Kenya in 2003, Huawei has played a pivotal role in bolstering ICT infrastructure and digital services while actively supporting the development of digital skills within the country. The global ICT leader has contributed significantly to key infrastructure projects, including the National Optical Fiber Backbone Infrastructure [NOFBI] and the KONZA National Data Center. Notably, Huawei was instrumental in enabling Safaricom to launch East Africa’s inaugural 5G network in 2021. Additionally, the company has been a steadfast proponent of Kenya’s inclusive development and digital skills agenda, contributing to innovative initiatives such as M-PESA and the Hustler-fund.
Over the past year, Huawei has provided digital skills training to approximately 10,000 Kenyan individuals, furthering its commitment to the country’s progress.