The Kenyan government has inked a partnership agreement with Huawei Technologies to collaborate on enhancing the nation’s ICT infrastructure and advancing the digitalization of various sectors, including transportation, e-government, education, and digital energy. Moreover, both parties have committed to fostering digital skills and knowledge-sharing to prepare Kenyan youth for employment.
During his visit to Huawei’s Beijing Executive Briefing Center (EBC), President William Ruto emphasized the urgent need to foster a green, digital, and innovative economy in Kenya. He acknowledged Huawei’s reliability as a partner in the enhancement of digital infrastructure, citing the company’s strong ICT technology expertise driven by significant research and development investments. President Ruto expressed anticipation for a strengthened partnership to yield positive outcomes in ICT infrastructure development and industrial digitalization.
Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei’s Board of Directors, affirmed Huawei’s readiness to collaborate more closely with the Kenyan government in nurturing the digital and innovative economy within the country. Huawei aims to support Kenya’s progress in areas such as ICT connectivity infrastructure, national data centers, and solar power generation. The company also reiterated its commitment to improving digital skills and literacy among young Kenyans. Mr. Hua stressed Huawei’s values of openness, collaboration, and mutually beneficial outcomes, emphasizing increased investment in cutting-edge technologies across connectivity, computing, and digital power. Huawei’s team is dedicated to collaborating with local customers and partners to make substantial contributions to Kenya’s digital economy.
Since its establishment in Kenya in 2003, Huawei has been dedicated to enhancing ICT infrastructure, offering digital services, and promoting digital skills development in the country. The global ICT leader has supported the construction of essential computing power infrastructure, such as the National Optical Fiber Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) and the KONZA National Data Center. Huawei played a crucial role in assisting Safaricom in launching East Africa’s first 5G network in 2021. Additionally, Huawei has consistently supported Kenya’s inclusive development and digital skills agenda, contributing to the country’s inclusive finance innovations like M-PESA and the Hustler-fund. The company has also provided digital skills training to approximately 10,000 Kenyan individuals in the past year.