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BY KAZUNGU CHAI, 29 OCTOBER 2013
Kigali — President Uhuru Kenyatta has said his administration will use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to transform Kenya and improve the lives of its citizens. The President said ICT is no longer a luxury but a powerful tool that will help address most of the problems facing Kenya and Africa at large.
"We are determined to ensure that our people fully benefit from the advantages to ICT and related technology," President Kenyatta said. The President spoke on Tuesday in Kigali, Rwanda during an interactive session for Heads of State at the Transform Africa Summit.
He said Kenya has prioritised the use of ICT in its development agenda because of its potential to trigger an industrial revolution necessary for the country's transformation. The President said ICT was also crucial in reducing the cost of doing business, a key ingredient in economic growth.
The President cited job creation for Kenyan youth as one of the most important benefits that Kenya expects to derive from fully embracing ICT. He said that was why the laptop project featured prominently in the Jubilee Coalition's manifesto and underscored his personal determination to ensure its implementation is successful.
"We are introducing laptops to our children because we want them to begin, right from their basic education, to know that this is one of the greatest tools that have the power to significantly improve life," the President said.
He said allowing children to use ICT at an early age would enable them to interact across Africa, leading to faster integration of the continent. President Kenyatta said ICT is equally important in boosting security and fighting corruption, two of the challenges that retard development.
The President observed that ICT powers economic growth and Africa must quickly integrate it in all their development policies. He emphasized that ICT is not only a strategic resource but also the foundation of every individual and institutional activity.
Speaking at the meeting, other African Heads of State led by host President Paul Kagame concurred that Africa must embrace ICT in order to compete effectively with the rest of the world. They said the continent can no long afford to lag behind in ICT, saying it is the driving force that would ensure Africa achieved its development targets.