Digital Superhighway & Creative Economy
Kenya has invested heavily in ICT infrastructure and services over the last two decades. This infrastructure includes six submarine fiber-optic cables offering broadband connectivity, 9000km of terrestrial fiber-optic cable connecting virtually all country headquarters, and geographical and population mobile broadband coverage of 56 percent of the 96 percent respectively. Mobile telephone penetration and innovation have enabled Kenya to increase from a quarter to over 80 percent of the population in less than two decades, making Kenya one of the world’s leading users of mobile payments.
Kenya is one of the world leaders in driving financial inclusion through the use of digital finance solutions. The government has built ecosystems that facilitate transactions nationally, regionally, and globally.
The digital superhighway will also play a critical role in enabling us to make tremendous achievements in the other four pillars of Health, Agriculture, MSME, and Financing as well as in enhancing revenue collection via the automation of VAT systems
Universal broadband availability throughout the country within five years. The government will increase and fast-track broadband connectivity across the country by construction of 100,000km of national fiber optic connectivity network;
• Enhance government service delivery through digitization and automation of all government critical processes and make available 80 percent of government services online;
• Establish Africa Regional Hub and promote the development of software for export;
• The implementation of the Digital Master Plan will adhere to environmental agreements in which Kenya is a signatory.
• Reduce the cost of calls and data to allow wananchi, and especially the youth, to use online platforms for entertainment, information, and business;
• Establish a Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology Policy that will ensure a whole government approach to technological development and use and build necessary capacities across government.
• The administration will strengthen Konza Technopolis to bring together industry, academic institutions, and other innovators to co-invest in emerging technologies to create high-quality jobs that leverage artificial intelligence, robotics, and other technologies.
Some of the investment opportunities available in ICT include:
- Online provision of government services
- e-business facilitation.
- Infrastructure development
- Tech funding for startups in the digital ecosystem