President Uhuru Kenyatta has insisted technology has a vital role to play in achieving the Big Four Plan. Speaking during a symposium on digital technology at Strathmore University in Nairobi, President Kenyatta said technological efficiency will go a long way to improving access to information which is vital to affordable healthcare, better financing and training for health workers, and broader access to services. Food security is a vital pillar of the Big Four Agenda, and the President said technology will have an important role in agricultural value chains through better access to inputs, more reliable weather and crop information, tracking counterfeit input, “Digital technology also underpins a range of agro-financing services that are essential for equipping smallholder farmers across the country,” he said.
He highlighted the importance of Blockchain technology used in cryptocurrency, a form of digital currency, like Bitcoin and Ethereum, and refers to a continuously growing list of records that are linked and secured using cryptography. A blockchain is resistant to modification and some nations have started advancing the technology including Switzerland and Singapore. The President said Blockchain technology needs to be understood better, the risks of cybersecurity and the education and skills that young people need to make new technology work.
He lauded the innovations that have been birthed in the country, saying they’ve got worldwide recognition afterwards. “M-Pesa, M-Kopa, GroIntelligence, Andela and others show that we can lead the world with innovations that drive financial inclusion, access to energy, better data to drive our agriculture, and the essential skills required to support the young innovators of the future,” he said. The theme for the Digital Symposium was “Digital Drivers, Enabling The Growth of the Digital Economy in Africa.” Leaders present at the symposium included ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru and CEO of General Electric Africa Mr. Jay Ireland.