Lots of new things are taking place at Transform Africa Summit 2019. And one of those is the blueprint for Kenya's digital economy.
"It is intended as a framework to guide us as we accelerate the adoption of digital technologies. I hope all countries will find value in contextualising this framework to their specific ecosystems so as to realise the full potential of our digital transformation," the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta said as he launched the blueprint at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit in Rwanda's capital, Kigali.
The recently launched blueprint portrays five pillars for the development of a digital economy, which is also the main centre of attraction for this year's Transform Africa Summit currently taking place at Kigali Convention Centre auditorium.
The first pillar is certainly the digital infrastructure and the availability of affordable, accessible, resilient and reliable internet. The second pillar is the digital government, which describes the need for the presence and use of digital services and platforms to enable public service delivery.
The third pillar is digital business. It highlights the role of creating an enabling environment for developers and entrepreneurs to operate on e-platforms. The fourth pillar is innovation-driven entrepreneurship – the presence of the ecosystem that supports home-grown firms to generate world class products and services. And the fifth pillar focuses on digital skills and values – critical to digital entrepreneurship, digital adoption and transformation and successful conceptualisation and implementation of digitised projects in public and private sector, as reported by The New Times.
"In Kenya, we have invested heavily in preparing the people for a digital economy through various skills development initiatives, most notably is digital learning programme which we initiated in 2013," Kenya's Head of State cited.