Cisco has shown plans to connect East Africa to Cisco Connect Kenya 2013 so as to drive the regional businesses in the region forward.
Cisco’s Vice President , David Meads, said that the focus will be the continued investment in East Africa, Heighten focus on ICT skills training and the technology capabilities, richer experiences and unprecedented economic opportunities for business and individuals in the regions.
Meads added that the company’s operations in East Africa have continued to grow annually representing a product and services business that is significant within Cisco’s Emerging Theater in Europe, Middle East Africa and Russia (EMEAR).
The company has shown interest in engaging the governments of East Africa into creating collaborations to help support plans for further accelerated development. Next year, the company wants to embark on the journey of improving the ICT situation critical for national infrastructure, education, healthcare, defense & national security and the services provider market.
“Our goals is to drive customer and partner success by making it easier to do business with Cisco in East Africa. As we align with country agendas we will continue to focus on creating job opportunities for the growing youth population who are entering the workforce today and in the future,” said David Meads.
Present in the event was Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT, Dr. Matiang’i said that the government has its position on ICT in the government’s manifesto and is critically looking into its success.
He highlighted four areas that the government has its focus on. First the government is looking to implement the national broadband strategy, which is intended in making the internet in the country fast.
The second thing is bridging this gap between innovation and technology. He said that the government is looking onto offering resources that will aid in realizing the talents and innovation that the youth want to pose in order to make the technology situation in the country workable.
Dr. Matiang’i said the government is looking into, how to deploy ICT effectively in the government as most of the sectors are analogue and also to make ICT a core thing in the countyr to help in capacity building.
The event branded ‘your vision made possible, held in Nairobi, provided a platform for Cisco to discuss and showcase current ICT trends such as the Internet of Everything (IoE) and how organisations and governments throughout East Africa can leverage these trends to drive success and make their visions possible.