President Uhuru Kenyatta, Huawei Rotating CEO and Chinese Ambassador Liu Xianfa witness the signing of a collaboration agreement between Kenya and Huawei/Photo.

By SME Digital Correspondent

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday witnessed the signing of an agreement between Kenya and Huawei to build a government cloud infrastructure that will enhance service delivery to the people.

The cloud infrastructure will provide a “One-window style solution” for government services improving government efficiency by creating a platform for government departments to share data.

“I am extremely grateful to Huawei for the warm welcome today. The development of ICT and a country’s future are closely intertwined. I welcome Huawei’s development in Kenya and appreciate the role played by Huawei in Kenya’s development and progress and hope that Huawei can utilize Kenya’s resources to expand regional and international markets,” said President Kenyatta after the agreement signing at the Huawei’s Executive Briefing Center in Beijing.

Huawei donated a set of safe city equipment to three major towns in Kenya to help strengthen policing capabilities and protection of people’s lives and property, which the President commented as very useful and important for the country.

The equipment includes 6eNodeB Stations, 150 Radio Trunking Terminals, and a Radio Trunking System Core Network and Dispatch System.

“Kenya looks forward to continuing our partnership with Huawei and that this partnership can accelerate the science and technology industry in Kenya providing more job opportunities for Kenyan youth. I believe that Huawei and Kenya can further deepen our cooperation on ICT, continue to drive forward Kenya’s ICT industry, and cement Kenya’s role as an ICT leader in this region,” added President Kenyatta.

In addition, Huawei committed to extending its flagship ICT talent program, “Seeds for the Future” for a further three years from 2018-2020. Seeds for the Future will provide training for 30 outstanding University students in the ICT field giving them advanced training in China.

Huawei Rotating CEO Guo Ping commented: “ICT is the enabler of the development of a digital society. Across the world, governments are making it one of their top priorities to utilize ICT to drive their digital transformation. Huawei recognizes that Kenya has made the development of its ICT industry one of its major priorities and invested accordingly.”

In his speech, the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Liu Xianfa, stated that by investing in ICT emerging markets can leapfrog the investments made by mature markets. He invited the delegation from Kenya to study the experiences of industrial development in China’s Central and Western regions.

Huawei has operated in Kenya for more than 19 years. Currently, Huawei’s ICT products and solutions cover services for Kenya’s citizens and government.

President Kenyatta was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Minister of Transport and Basic Infrastructure, Minister of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives among other government officials.

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