University graduates in Kenya now have an opportunity to master their digital envromnet after President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled the Presidential Digital Talent Programme that brings together leading lights in the ICT landscape is expected to mentor, inspire and lead a new wave of digital trailblazers.
The programme – which aims at building Government’s capacity in ICT and digital innovations to enhance efficient and effective service delivery to Kenyans – will provide graduates with an opportunity for a full year of on-the-job training both in public and private institutions.
Speaking during the occasion at the University of Nairobi’s Main Campus, the President said: “Today, we begin the next chapter of our story. Today, we inaugurate the next phase of ICT transforming opportunity for all people,” President Kenyatta said.
He said the first 100 talented ICT professionals will lead the way in Kenya’s digital tradition to enhance transparency and accountability in the public sector.
President Kenyatta challenged the beneficiaries of the programme to inject into the public service a new sense of integrity and accountability.
“This programme is not just about technology and efficiency. We expect you to bring in a new sense of integrity, professionalism, accountability and commitment to public service delivery,” President Kenyatta said.
He was categorical of Kenya’s determination to position itself as the regional and continental hub for education, research and innovation, banking and insurance, manufacturing, healthcare and ICT is already a reality.
The President said key challenges facing the nation can be resolved through digital solutions that will enhance productivity, efficiency, innovation and accountability in all sectors of the economy.
“My Government, therefore, has committed itself to expanding and intensifying the development and application of digital technology. We expect this to accelerate our determined drive towards productivity, efficiency, innovation and accountability,” the President said.
The Head of State noted that the Digital Talent Programme will boost the country’s hope for a sustainable economic growth beyond the projected 7% to more than 10%.