Kenya : government vows to support ICT manufacturers

Kenyan government vows to encourage ICT manufacturers to invest more in the country. Photo : Huawei

Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – Kenya is considering putting in place a raft of tax incentives to spur growth of information and communication technology (ICT) manufacturers, officials said on Wednesday.

Jerome Ochieng, principal secretary in the ministry of ICT, told a media briefing in Nairobi that Kenya is prioritizing the development of the ICT industry because it is an enabler for all sectors of the economy.

“We are currently in talks with the ministry of industrialization and the national Treasury to reduce taxes for firms who set up ICT-related manufacturing plants in the country,” Ochieng said during a CEO forum for companies implementing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda on affordable housing, universal health care, food security, and manufacturing.

He said two local companies are assembling laptops for use for the countryh’s digital literacy project.

The government is in discussion with the two computer assembling firms to support them expand their operations so that Kenya can become an ICT regional manufacturing hub, Ochieng added.

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