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Kenya to partner with private sector to address ICT skills gap

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.

Principal Secretary 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 facing Kenya.

“Government alone 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 meeting.

“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 noted.

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.

The Communications Authority of Kenya has partnered with AFRALTI in training in many ICT fields, including satellite technology, spectrum management and monitoring equipment for practical lessons.

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