Kenya to Host First Ever Tokyo-Africa Conference

The International Telecommunications Union has awarded Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta a key award for promoting the use of ICT for sustainable development.

The ICTs in Sustainable Development Award honours the important contributions made by leaders, website like this medicine on behalf of their country, sick ed towards harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for sustainable development.

President Kenyatta was given the award for the impressive progress Kenya has made in ICT development and the important role technology is playing in achieving development and service delivery goals.

The award is also meant to encourage nations to seek technological solutions to meet national and global aspirations for a sustainable and inclusive future.

Speaking at the event held at the UN Headquarters on Saturday night, patient President Kenyatta said the Government remains committed to mainstreaming innovations and ICT to enable growth and development for the country and the whole region.

“Our National ICT Master Plan and National Broadband Strategy outline our desired path to a knowledge based economy where ICTs underpin service delivery, and provide the bedrock of our activities in critical sectors of the economy, especially agriculture, education and health,” said the President.

He said policies enacted by the Government will consistently focus on innovations as an essential step to enhancing growth of the ICT Sector.

In line with his policy to support the ICT sector, the President will soon launch Enterprise Kenya, a fund to encourage and support innovation in the country.



“This fund will be used to aid budding Kenyan innovators and start-ups to enable them get the necessary financial support to move from idea to start- up and from start- up possibly to market in good time,” said the President.

He said the fund will be reinforced by a strengthened intellectual legislative regime, intense capacity building and mainstreaming of ICTs in government’s service provision to enhance ICT growth in Kenya.

Kenya has already gained international recognition for groundbreaking innovations in ICT and the use of ICT in improving service delivery through Huduma Centres.

President Kenyatta thanked the International Telecommunications Union Secretary General, Mr Houlin Zhao, for nominating ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi to the Broadband Commission.

“I am certain that our country will bring, through him, additional energy and creativity to enhance the very necessary expansion of the broadband foot print across the developing world especially, as we move forward to secure sustainability of the developments we have so far achieved,” said the President.
The first Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) to be held on African soil will be a huge success, rx President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured.

The conference, which will be hosted by Kenya in 2016, will be used to strengthen the ties between Africa and Japan as well as other global partners who support the efforts to develop and grow the economies of the continent, said the President.

President Kenyatta spoke when he addressed a meeting hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the UN Headquarters on Saturday evening.

“It will showcase our own growth initiatives and expose to Japan the available opportunities for cooperation, trade and investment,” said the President.

The President said the aims of the conference tie in with the new age of investment and partnership that Africa has entered into, which is driven by its vast natural resources and markets.

He said Africa is on the search for partners who will support its endeavour to transform economies and improve the life of its people.

“Africa has decided to pursue a path of sustainable growth that distributes the benefits to as many of our people as possible,” said the President.

Prime Minister Abe said Japan is ready for partnership with Africa and will bring its dependable technology to support African countries to undertake wide area infrastructure developments.

“We want to utilise our huge and excellent technology to support Africa countries to transform,” said PM Abe.


The Japanese PM said his country will cooperate with Africa in the continent’s efforts to transform the United Nations and also requested support for Japan’s bid to be a non-permanent member of the security council.

The TICAD conference is one of the high profiles events Kenya has been chosen to hold in recent time.

In July, Kenya successfully hosted the sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) which was a huge success and has attracted massive investment avenues for Kenya especially from the United States.

Earlier, US energy company, Skypower Global, announced it will invest a massive Sh450 billion to develop solar power in Kenya.

The company had first signed a deal to invest Sh240 billion for the same initiative during the GES, which was co-hosted by President Kenyatta and US President Barack Obama.

In December, Kenya will host the 10th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference. Nairobi will also host the Africa Travel Association 40th Annual World Congress in November.

The world tourism congress will provide a unique opportunity for networking and agenda-shaping for Africa tourism stakeholders.

Kenya shares a special bond with the ATA since it was an early founding member and has hosted the first ATA Congress in Africa. Kenya has maintained its close links with ATA, which is based in the US, by hosting the world congress every ten years.

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