ICT Authority, Huawei Partner to Train Kenyan Civil Servants on Emerging Technologies 

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The ICT Authority of Kenya and Huawei concluded online training for civil servants aimed at enhancing their knowledge on Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) trends.

The training builds on the tremendous growth of ICT use during COVID-19 and will help fast-track the digitization of government nationwide. 

More than 400 civil servants participated in the first phase of the 5 days training jointly organized by the ICT Authority and Huawei. 

The second and third phases of the training are already being planned to reach more civil servants nationwide. 

It is part of an ongoing effort by the ICT Authority of capacity building for government employees as well as to ensure the implementation of ICT standards and secure ICT infrastructure and systems. This is in line with the ICT Authority’s mission to champion and harness ICT for efficient and effective public service delivery, wealth creation, and well-being of Kenyans.

The training explores the latest ICT trends, such as in the use of big data and artificial intelligence (AI), and the latest in e-government and smart city projects. This is particularly timely as the national and county governments expand their digitization of public services such as education and health, as well as management of systems such as revenue systems and public utilities. It is also timely as the Konza City takes shape with various smart city facilities planned for next year provided by Huawei.

Huawei experts have trained and certified lecturers from 30 Universities and training centers in Kenya through the ICT Academy programme and it is these local lecturers who provide the training, combining the global expertise from Huawei courses alongside their local understanding of the situation, context, and needs. This is an excellent example of collaboration between government, academia, and the private sector which is also a sustainable mechanism for building and transferring expertise within Kenya.

The civil servant training is one aspect of a multi-pronged capacity building partnership between Huawei and the ICT Authority that also includes training Kenyan youth through the Seeds for the Future program and the professional training offered to interns enrolled in the Presidential Digital Talent Programme.

Dr. Katherine Getao, CEO of the ICT Authority said the Authority appreciates its partners who support ICT capacity building mandate by offering appropriate and cost-effective training programmes to our stakeholders. 

“A successful digital economy is founded on a culture of continuous learning,” she said.

Opening the training, Fiona Pan, Deputy CEO for Public Affairs of Huawei Kenya thanked the ICT Authority for their strong partnership and support, commending them for initiating this training: 

“As Kenya implements the Digital Economy Blueprint and the ICT Authority’s Strategic Plan, it is critical to upskill the organization’s workforce; this will enable the country to take advantage of ICT to power economic growth and deliver public services efficiently and effectively across the country. Huawei is proud and delighted to be able to share our global expertise to contribute.”