Ali Faramawy, Corporate Vice President, and Microsoft Middle East & Africa said, “Investing in Africa’s skills for both entrepreneurship and employability is key in helping Africans find and create jobs to promote inclusive economic growth and we look forward to working with the Ministry of ICT on this.”
Microsoft intends to support with ICT policy training to government officials, helping them to integrate ICT into their programs.
“We are supporting governments in setting the example of adopting technology to advance economic and social development. Governments that embrace solid ICT policies will be at the forefront of economic development and create favourable investment climates,” adds Faramawy.
Microsoft’s recently launched the Biz4Afrika, a one-stop shop for information resources and business services for SMEs designed to up job creation, global competitiveness and wealth creation in the long run.The portal has since seen 1,900 users since its launch two weejs ago.
“Initiatives like the Biz4Afrika portal are essential for the development of ICT skills in Kenya to promote entrepreneurship,” said Victor Kyalo, CEO of the ICT Authority of Kenya (ICTA). “Kenya is already Africa’s third largest knowledge economy and the country leads the global mobile economy, with about 40% of the country’s GDP transacting through mobile phones every day. Public-private partnerships like these are what will ensure the momentum and sustainability of this growth, transforming Kenya into a globally competitive digital economy.”