NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to partner with the private sector in
order to address the ICT skills gap in the country, an official
said on Wednesday.
for Information Communication Technology (ICT) Sammy Itemere
told a telecom forum in Nairobi that despite the progress make
in the past decade, ICT skills gap remains a major challenge
doesn’t have the capacity to close the ICT gap and so it will
leverage on the private sector expertise in order to increase
digital literacy levels,” Itemere said during the opening
ceremony of the 52nd African Advanced Level
Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI) governing council
“There are also many
other players like mobile associations, infrastructure
providers, manufacturers and other technology solution providers
that are actively engaging in sharing knowledge and skills,” he
Itemere said ICT has
its place as a pillar for economic development given that many
development plans are anchored on ICTs.
He said ICT skills
deficits continue to prevent Kenya from implementing strategies
and policies needed to achieve desired development outcomes.
Authority of Kenya has partnered with AFRALTI in training in
many ICT fields, including satellite technology, spectrum
management and monitoring equipment for practical lessons.