PS Eng. John Tanui recently presented the Jitume Kazi Digital Hubs implementation plan to the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF) Parliamentary Committee and Board.

PS Tanui, who presented the report before the Hon. Musa Sirma-led Committee, noted that the Ministry, with the support of its various partners, has rolled out the Jitume Kazi and Ajira Digital programs aimed at providing digital training and mentorship for working online.

He highlighted that some of the equipment installed at the centers comprise internet connectivity through the National Optic Fiber Backbone and internet service providers, routers, digital access kits and WIFI.

PS Tanui stated that the Ministry will continue collaboration with the NGCDF Board and respective Parliamentary Committees to resolve the power issues and the provision of other social amenities, engage partners to facilitate the provision of center managers and trainers, and set up a committee of all stakeholders.

The PS provided approved designs and Bill of materials for the construction of standard hubs, key among them the setting up of centers of excellence and transitioning existing Constituency Innovation Hubs (CIH) into Digital Hubs.

Eng. Tanui further mentioned that the piloting of 100 Digital Hubs in all the counties, as Model Hubs, will enable the youth tap into global job opportunities and build the country’s Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) capacity, hence shaping a brighter future for the country’s Digital Economy.

Kenya is embarking on a major digital transformation and is in the process of rolling out 100,000km of fiber-optic cable to facilitate connectivity, establishing and operationalizing 25,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots, setting up 1,450 Digital Hubs for purposes of digital skilling and job creation, digitalizing government services and assembling of cheap smart-enabled phones.