NAIROBI: 8th December 2023
County Executive for Innovation and Digital Economy, Mike Gumo, while addressing the graduands said “This is a momentous occasion, the graduation of our second cohort of basic coding in partnership with Moringa School. The tech capacity building program, is a testament to the county’s commitment under the leadership of H.E Governor Sakaja in bridging the digital divide and equipping Kenya’s youth with the skills they need to thrive and get better economic opportunities in the fast changing digital economy”.
Mr. Gumo further stated that technology capacity building is among the key digital economy pillars under Africa Union Science Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA) as well as Nairobi County, Innovation and Digital Economy sector’s County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) 2023-2027.
The other pillars the county is focusing on in developing the digital economy are; establishment of infrastructure such as incubation hubs, startup funding, startup policy, and access to market opportunities, among others.
County Chief Officer for Digital Economy and Startups sub sector, Victor Otieno said “Nairobi County seeks to support Kenya’s innovation ecosystem with the objective of addressing the unemployment and poverty challenge the country faces with close to 1 million graduates joining the labor market and missing jobs or meaningful economic activity and the country experiencing poverty levels of over 30 percent”.
Mr. Otieno further shared that technology capacity building is a critical component in ensuring Kenya becomes a net producer of technology, thus having a direct impact on the economic development of the country.
County Director for Digital Economy and Startups, Elizabeth Ndung’u urged the students to continue pursuing opportunities in the digital economy. She expressed the sector’s plans of continued partnership with market players in offering technology capacity building to both county staff and the general public.
In attendance was Director, Business Development and Outcomes, Allan Ong’ang’a, Software Engineers and Technical mentors, Moringa School, Bin Amin and Ian Okumu and County staff