Kenya’s head of state President Uhuru Kenyatta has tipped the digital revolution currently sweeping across the country to drive economic growth and create fresh employment opportunities.
Kenyatta says the Government has embarked on massive training of youth with the necessary skills and certificate, diploma and degree levels to ensure that the youth a well equipped for the opportunities.
He said his government had advanced financial support through HELB to ensure equitable distribution of the opportunities, even to the poor and the vulnerable.
He was speaking during the Business forum caucus ahead of the opening of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) member countries.
The President cited human resource, agricultural industrialization, entrepreneurship and the growth of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) as well as improved regulatory and institutional frameworks as areas that ACP nations need to focus on in order to grow their economies.
Other areas identified by the Kenyan leader include the creation of an environment that supports innovation and technology transfer, and that which promotes private sector led industrial development.
Kenyatta said ACP’s member nations are endowed with immense resources which if properly exploited would help hasten the attainment of their development target youth under the age of 35, as the engine that will drive industrial revolution of member countries, once equipped with relevant skills.
“Given the right skills training and opportunities, this large reservoir of young people will become the engine that drives the transformation we seek, first as Kenya and the ACP bloc’, the
The President called for keener focus on the agricultural value chain addition, through the establishment of stronger linkages between farmers and the ago-industry aimed at enhancing returns for farmers through increased and unhindered access to markets.
“…because agriculture employs more than half of our worker force, many of them poor and vulnerable; value addition and integration of smallholder farmers into national and regional agriculture value chains, will contribute to more inclusive development,” the President said.