ICT and Digital Economy CS Eliud Owalo has revealed plans by Kenya and South Korea to collaborate to expand Kenya’s digital superhighway by 100,000km in the next 10 years.
During at the 2022 International Conference on Economic Innovation Partnership Program in South Korea, Owalo says this digitize all government services, records and processes.
The CS was speaking at the event during a state visit to the Asian country by President William Ruto in an effort to strengthen the existing ties between Kenya and South Korea.
“Government of Kenya is committed to expanding the national digital superhighway by 100,000km over the next ten years. This is envisaged as a public-private partnership programme. We see this as an opportunity for further exploration and cooperation between our country and the Republic of Korea,” said Owalo.
The CS said the Ruto government was seeking to partner with South Korea to realise its quest for universal and affordable access to internet connectivity throughout the country.
“We are also committed to establishing 25,000 free digital hotspots for our people, by creating digital centres in all marketplaces in our country and to connecting all public institutions, schools, and hospitals to the national digital superhighway, through public funding and cooperation with private partners,” added the CS.
Owalo lauded South Korea for the critical part the country has played to assist Kenya execute various projects and sought partnerships in many more to create more jobs.
Owalo noted: “The generous support from the Government of Korea has enabled Konza Technopolis to initiate processes for the establishment of various key projects in the advancement of our digital technology in Kenya.”