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ICT aids Kenya attainment of SDGs

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PS ICT Ministry Victor Kyalo  reciving the 2017 Huawei ICT SDG Benchmark Report from Adam Lane Senior  Director, Public Affairs Huawei Southern Africa.jpeg

PS ICT Ministry Victor Kyalo reciving the 2017 Huawei ICT SDG Benchmark Report from Adam Lane Senior Director, Public Affairs Huawei Southern Africa.jpeg

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYA has been singled out as a global trailblazer in the information and communications technology for development scene.
The East African country has been hailed alongside Germany, Thailand and Mexico in the just released Huawei Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Benchmark Report in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday.
The report found that countries that perform well on ICT also perform well on sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The report notes that Kenya has experienced sustainable ICT growth fueled by widespread internet penetration, which has helped drive the countries sustainable development.
With mobile penetration standing at 87 percent, which translates to close to 38 million Kenyans owning a phone, Kenya has been recognized as a leader in Africa for sustainable development applications in finance (M-Pesa), farming (iCow), health insurance (M-TIBA) and education (Eneza).
“Kenya has made significant advancements in ICTs. With our innovations in the financial sector, agriculture sector and education sector, we have managed to become pacesetters in the region. This report shows that these investments will pay off and help Kenya reach its sustainable development goals.” said Dean Yu, Huawei Kenya CEO.
The Government of Kenya has also been signaled out as a country where ICT-SDG connection is bearing fruit. Specifically, the report lauds Kenya’s Vision 2030 Master Plan for recognizing the role of ICT in realization of specific Sustainable Development Goals.
Other government projects signaled out in the report include the Presidential Digital Talent Program to improve ICT skills, the Digital Learning Programme to bring ICT to primary schools and the e-Citizen/Huduma centers, which makes government services available online.
Yu said over the years, Huawei has partnered closely with telecommunication customers and with Kenya because collaborations between the private sector and government bodies promote economic growth.
“It is clear that if Kenya wants to achieve its Vision 2030 and the SDGs, further investment and progress in ICTs are necessary from all stakeholders.”

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