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Ruto presents a roadmap to create 1 million jobs for young people in Kenya

  • President William Ruto said the government plans to strengthen the country’s IT services and global competitiveness through the development of broadband services and digital hubs
  • He reiterated that the government’s commitment to digital skills training and job creation in the IT sector ensures a better future for Kenya’s young workers
  • Ruto appealed to investors to cooperate with the government on the digital hub installation program

Tatu Town, Kiambu County: President William Ruto has announced that the government is implementing new laws and policies that will facilitate the development of IT services in the country.

President William Ruto reaches out to digitally literate youth in Kiambu.
President William Ruto at the launch of the Call Center International (CCI) Global Contact Center in Tatu City. Photo: Kenya House of Representatives.
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Ruto said the measures were aimed at helping the government unlock employment opportunities in the business process outsourcing (BPO) services sector.

He noted that the aim is to scale up government investment in relevant infrastructure, including national broadband nodes and digital hubs, to create jobs for at least one million digital workers over the next five years.

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“We are determined to demand our rightful share of the BPO pie for the benefit of our young men and women who want to contribute to the growth of our economy,” he said.

He noted that Kenya’s strength lies in a large, skilled, young workforce, in government policies that prioritize the digital economy as a strategic pillar of a grassroots economic transformation agenda, in an education system that emphasizes digital skills, in a strategic geographic location that aligns with global time zones and fluency in English, a language widely used in major economies.

Global contact center Call Center International (CCI).

Ruto made these remarks at the launch of the global Call Center International (CCI) in Tatu town in Ruiru, Kiambu County, where over 5,000 jobs have already been created.

The president said that the government is strengthening existing regulations to create a favorable environment for the development of the ICT-BPO industry.

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“Our goal is to develop sector-specific regulations that are consistent with international standards in the short, medium and long term,” he said.

The government’s efforts to strengthen the sector, Ruto explained, include enforcing BPO standards in line with international best practices, updating fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to keep pace with technological advancements, and investing in green energy.

Training young people from Kenya for the professions of the future

He said the government is also working with the private sector to improve training to upskill Kenya’s youth and ensure they are prepared for the jobs of the future.

“These efforts demonstrate our commitment to supporting a thriving, sustainable and globally competitive BPO sector in Kenya,” he said.

The president appealed to investors to cooperate with the government under the digital centers program, which is intended to ensure the success and development of BPO activities.

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