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President Ruto Inaugurates AWS Nairobi Development Center, Paving the Way for Job Opportunities

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Amazon has unveiled a new development centre in Kenya as part of its commitment to the country’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

This centre, operated by Amazon Web Services (AWS), will serve as a hub for AWS Research and Development teams, generating employment opportunities in software development, cloud support, and software engineering.

The goal is to provide innovative solutions for customers and partners worldwide.

Inaugurating the launch, President William Ruto expressed optimism about the Kenyan technology sector’s growth and job creation potential.

He emphasized the significance of AWS’s decision to establish a development centre in Kenya, reflecting their trust in the country’s people and economy.

The president said, “The decision to open a new development centre in Kenya is evidence of the trust that AWS has in our people and our economy. I look forward to our continued collaboration with AWS as it deepens their commitment to our country.”

Vice President of Global Services at AWS, Uwem Ukpong highlighted the collaboration between the tech firm and its partners in fostering high-tech job creation in Kenya.

The VP noted that the centre aims to tap into Kenya’s pool of technical talent, contributing to the country’s economic development.

On his part, Robin Njiru, Public Sector Lead for West, East, and Central Africa at AWS stressed the increasing demand for technical skills in Kenya and the positive impact of this investment on local talent, innovation, and economic growth.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Halcyon, Kate Goodall emphasized the partnership between Halcyon and AWS in supporting socially-driven ventures across Africa.

The new centre in Kenya will enhance its joint efforts in nurturing the next generation of social entrepreneurs.

AWS’s commitment to Kenya includes initiatives such as AWS re/Start, a workforce development training program, and the launch of AWS Local Zones cloud infrastructure in Nairobi.

“These initiatives aim to empower Kenyan youths with cloud computing skills, create job opportunities, and provide low-latency cloud services to local and regional customers.”

Furthermore, AWS is collaborating with the Kenyan government’s Ajira Digital program to upskill 10,000 students using AWS Academy. This program equips students with cloud computing skills and AWS certifications to prepare them for careers in the rapidly growing technology industry.

In August 2023, AWS customer Hurone AI expanded its presence in Kenya, supported by AWS cloud credits. This strategic partnership with the Government of Kisumu aims to improve cancer care through technology, enhancing patient outcomes and operational efficiency.

Amazon’s commitment to Kenya extends across various sectors, aiming to drive economic development, empower local talent, and advance technology solutions for the benefit of the country and the African continent as a whole.

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