Kenya’s Vision 2030 aims to transform Kenya into a middle-class economy that will provide a high quality of life for its citizens by the year 2030. The Kenyan government has focused on economic development in Kenya as a means to improve the overall prosperity of Kenyans in its blueprint. To achieve the economic growth in Kenya and economic development in Kenya, as outlined in the Vision 2030 document, the Kenyan government has taken measures to raise productivity and increase job distribution.
Kenya has a large youth population and hence it is very rich in terms of human resources. But mere numbers cannot accomplish economic growth in Kenya. It is equally important to develop, nurture and tap into the intellectual skills and the know-how of its citizen to demonstrate and establish a knowledge-based economy.
Kenyans are being identified for their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. Hard-working Kenyans are manufacturing, producing and offering services in all sectors, with little resources contributing to the economic development in Kenya. Be it an urban or rural area, one can find the streets lined with shops that offer a solutions to every problem. But the main question is whether they are effective and if so, how effective. Also, it is important to check if our entrepreneurs are productive and deliver their services and goods to the consumers efficiently.
Information plays a key role in raising productivity and improving the quality and diversity of products and services. Kenya is embracing and participating in the information age. Now, over 14 million Kenyans have access to the Internet. But information and access to it must translate and produce high-skilled workers who can be valued and whose contributions can be measured. It must translate into a work force that is not only capable of solving problems, but also solving complex problems with innovative solutions. It is such work force that will propel Kenya into a knowledge-based economy.
The Connected Kenya Summit 2012 will explore and highlight how access to information can be harnessed to create a high-skilled, productive and innovative work force. Speakers will highlight and showcase solutions that focus on knowledge as a tool for improved performance in both, public and private sectors, civil society and academia.