Kenyan President William Ruto Strengthens Digital Ties with India on Three-Day Visit

By : Samira Njoya

Date : mercredi, 06 décembre 2023 13:59

India and the Republic of Kenya have maintained robust bilateral ties spanning various sectors since 1948. Recently, the two countries decided to step up their cooperation in the digital field.

Kenyan President William Ruto embarked on a three-day visit to India on Monday, December 4. The visit culminated in the signing of five memorandums of understanding (MoUs) spanning critical sectors, including technology, public digital infrastructure, defense, agriculture, energy, and healthcare.

Underscoring the importance of this strategic partnership, President Ruto remarked, "Kenya and India will expand partnership in technology along other sectors. We will benefit tremendously from India’s capacity and experience as a global leader in technology."

The digital agreement paves the way for India to facilitate the transfer of skills and technologies tailored to Kenya's specific needs, particularly in the areas of health, education, ICT, and digital governance. Additionally, the two countries' Heads of state explored avenues for Kenya to harness the potential of e-health by leveraging digitization and technology in telemedicine and telehealth initiatives.

India's burgeoning ICT sector has garnered global attention in recent years, prompting partnerships with numerous nations seeking to emulate its success. In Africa, aside from Kenya, countries like Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Egypt, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mauritius have established partnerships with India to advance sectors such as artificial intelligence, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure.

The initiative aligns with President William Ruto's vision of harnessing digital technology to drive socio-economic development in Kenya. The country aspires to become a benchmark for digital transformation in Africa by 2027. This ambitious goal entails developing a cutting-edge digital infrastructure, expanding high-speed internet access nationwide, digitizing education and select government services, and enhancing the population's digital skills.

Samira Njoya


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