IBM announces commitment to digitise Kenya

IBM announces commitment to digitise Kenya

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IBM has announced it has partnered the Kenyan government to improve service delivery to citizens.

Speaking yesterday (Thursday) when paying a courtesy call to president Uhuru Kenyatta, IBM senior vice-president Rodney Adkins said his company would work with the government to ensure Kenyans received better ICT services.

Adkins said he has already met with officials from the Interior and Coordination of National Government Ministry and the Education and Devolution Ministry to establish exact areas where his company’s investment would be most useful.

Adkins, who was accompanied by former United States assistant secretary of state for African affairs Jendayi Frazer, said security, tax administration, migration services and education are immediate areas that could benefit from his company’s investment.

Kenyatta welcomed IBM’s investment in the country, saying his government was keen on using ICT to transform Kenya in line with the Vision 2030 development blueprint.

“Your decision to invest in Kenya is a vote of confidence in our country as an investment destination of choice,” said Kenyatta.

HumanIPO reported earlier this month IBM had opened Africa’s first commercial research lab in Kenya at the Catholic University.

The lab, IBM’s twelfth research lab globally, will conduct applied and exploratory research into Africa’s challenges, with its agenda being the development of cognitive computing technologies which integrate learning and reasoning capabilities, enabling experts to make better decisions in areas such as healthcare delivery and financial services.

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