Kenya and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have forged a partnership to collaborate on various aspects of the ICT sector, with a key focus on supporting the establishment of a Global Innovation Centre in Nairobi.

The discussions, which took place between Kenya’s Principal Secretary, Prof Edward Kisiang’ani, and ITU Secretary General Doreen Bogdan-Martin, resulted in the ITU pledging technical support for the establishment of the Centre. This specialized UN agency in the field of ICTs has committed to providing crucial technical assistance for the ongoing establishment of the Centre at the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA).

The talks, held on the sidelines of the World Radio Communications Conference 2023 (WRC-23) in Dubai, also saw Prof Kisiang’ani briefing the ITU Secretary General on Kenya’s robust digital transformation agenda, which has already seen the digitization of over 15,000 government services.

In response, the ITU Secretary General expressed gratitude to Kenya for its support and committed to working closely with the country to aid its ambitious digital transformation agenda. The collaborative efforts aim to enhance Kenya’s technological advancements and ICT infrastructure, marking a significant step forward in the country’s digital development.

The participation of key representatives from both Kenya and the ITU, including the Ag Director General of the Communications Authority of Kenya, Christopher Wambua, and the Secretary of the National Communications Secretariat, Vincent Adul, underlines the comprehensive approach and involvement of relevant stakeholders in fostering this collaboration.

This collaboration is set to have far-reaching implications for the ICT sector in Kenya and is poised to position Nairobi as a key hub for innovative ICT developments on the global stage.