The Kenya Information Communication Technology Authority and Oracle has signed an agreement to raise the level of technical understanding in the country as well as deploy IT skills required to underpin the deployment of eGovernment services.
“Oracle welcomes and supports the Kenyan governments’ ICT initiatives to drive Kenya’s digital future and create an environment where all citizens can prosper and succeed.” said country Managing Director for Oracle Kenya, Dr Gilbert Saggia. “ And as the country prospers in the digital age, Oracle and its Kenyan partners will also prosper as we support both public and private organizations in optimizing their business processes through the implementation of global best-in-class technology.”
The organizations will collaborate in the areas of capacity building, ICT literacy and awareness, best practice sharing, enterprise development and innovation. Initiatives will include internship and mentoring opportunities, sharing eGovernment best practices, corporate leadership activities that benefit the community, as well as enhancing ICT skills development programs and initiatives
Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Dr Fred Matiangi said “In order to position ourselves as the ICT leader on the continent we must work towards increasing our capacity. As the government, we have embarked on several initiatives to realize our vision of creating at least 37 commercial ICT companies in the next few years. We cannot deliver on this goal single-handedly; we need the collaboration of the private sector and academia to scale, which is why the initiative between ICT Authority and Oracle is so important. I commend Oracle for their focus on investing on enhancing the ICT capacity of Kenyans.”
Based on the Kenya’s National ICT Master Plan, a strategy to make the country an ICT hub that is globally competitive in the digital economy, the MOU deepens the cooperation between Oracle and the ICTA to broaden the IT skills in the region and support the transition of Kenya and its citizens to the digital age.