NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday that technology will be a major driver for
delivering his Big Four priorities of manufacturing, affordable housing,
universal healthcare and food security plan for growing the country’s economy.
he was confident that the digital revolution will help Kenya achieve the Big
Four plan and ensure that growth transforms the lives of the people.
technology also underpins a range of agro-financing services that are essential
for equipping smallholder farmers across the country,” he said in Nairobi when
he delivered a speech at a symposium on digital technology.
his government will set up a committee on Blockchain and Internet of Things
technologies that will study the benefits and challenges associated with the
latest digital innovation trends.
“We need to
better understand the opportunities for Blockchain Technology, the risks of
cyber security and the essential education and skills that our young people will
need to make new technology work for them,” he said.
the technology used by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and refers to a
continuously growing list of records that are linked and secured using
by design, is resistant to alteration or modification and some countries have
already started applying the technology for official business.
of ICT will set up a task force on Blockchain and Internet of Things
Technology—because, as a country, we cannot let these opportunities pass us by,”
technology will support affordable healthcare by driving access to information,
better financing, stronger training for health workers, and, ultimately, broader
access to services.
digital technology will also support efforts to increase food security by
playing a key role in agricultural value chains through better access to inputs,
more reliable weather and crop information, tracking of counterfeit inputs, more
transparent access to markets and fair pricing.
leader said Nairobi was also positioning itself to reap the most out of the
global digital revolution. He said the country has been a leader in digital
innovation and would not be left behind in the latest trends.
He said the
potential for digital dividends is enormous if its transformational potential is
harnessed by creating the right policy framework.
“As a matter
of fact, the internet and associated digital trade of goods and services have
led up to 10 percent rise in employment in Africa,” said the president.