The government, through the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth, spearheaded the construction of a software factory in Mulot, Bomet County, which is estimated to cost 100 billion shillings .
In a speech delivered on behalf of ICT Department Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru by ICT Authority Board Chairman Professor Fredrick Owino at the plant’s groundbreaking ceremony, CS said the initiative aims to bridge the digital divide in the country.
The CS further stated that this would provide all Kenyans with equal access to ICTs as well as opportunities for business and wealth creation.
“Our goal is to bridge the digital divide by providing ICT infrastructure and services to every corner of the country, especially rural communities like this software factory we are establishing here today,” explained CS Mucheru.
In April this year, CS Mucheru launched the Kenya National Digital Masterplan (2022-2032) which consolidated all government ICT initiatives into a 10-year plan, creating a single point of reference for all government ICT plans. of ICT in the country.
The establishment of the software industry in Bomet County will go a long way with the agenda set in the National Digital Master Plan which highlighted the establishment of two software industries in the country.
Emerging trends in the ICT sector and continued demonstration of ICT expertise by youth in the counties will accelerate the use of ICT to benefit the country.
Bomet County and especially the Mulot region has been identified as an area with potential software engineers who if harnessed well will create a software business for the country as well as the region.
The government has set up 1,450 village digital hubs for digital literacy training and film production incentives aimed at imparting skills and knowledge to young people.
Around 25,000 internet hotspots have been set up across the country to provide internet services to innovators, youth and entrepreneurs, all with a focus on youth empowerment.