The Kenyan International Investment Conference has impacted a technology-inclined innovation that communes a league of agencies, ministries, and international ambassadors (South Korea) to assent a bid to develop an infrastructural smart city. The likes of the Ministry of ICT and Digital Economy, Kumkang East Africa Limited, EPCO Builders, Unity Homes, and the South Korea Trade Center Nairobi have reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to accomplish digital transformation in the country.
The Kenyan ICT ministry secretary, Engineer John Tanui, confirmed his office’s interest in leading innovation as a social amenity powered by the 3rd edition of the Kenyan International Investment Conference. The engineer shared insight into his commitment to harnessing emerging technology in debuting ideal infrastructure in Kenya per the functions of his office and his certifications.
The ICT ministry’s office said that its “government has played an enabling environment through various legal and regulatory frameworks to spur Kenya’s digital economy namely; The National ICT Policy, Digital Economy BluePrint, National ICT Master Plan (2022-2032), National Cyber Security Strategy 2022, Data Protection and Privacy Act, 2019 and Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act 2018 among other policy interventions.”
Tanui emphasized the MoU is dedicated to leading sustainable development with emerging technology as an optimal tool synced with the importance of debuting a smart city that will further impact the eastern axis of Africa and likewise cut across the continent. However, the smart city debut will be stationary in the country’s state capital, Nairobi where several investors have reportedly impacted significant investment.
The significance of Nairobi has also impacted the geographical zone to be a progressive marketplace that has attracted foreign investment. Just like ants hovers around sugar, the South Korean signature on the Kenya ICT ministry’s MoU poses as another sugary agent to spice up innovation as the Asians show support in leading the MoU with real estate infrastructure.
For context, 5,000 housing units will be stationary in Tatu City — this is mapped out as a special economic zone. The infrastructural project will proceed with constructing a roadmap that will ensure Kenya builds 5 digital cities in Lamu, Dongo Kundu, Athi River, Sagana, and Naivasha.
Tanui also reported that the MoU will consent to the National Transport and Safety Authority to develop a technopolis that networks a good transportation system around the selected areas.
Without further ado, the Kenyans — Tanui’s office seems to have forgotten or disregard the espionage distress the Asians have impacted on the East African welfare in terms of accrediting loans to establish infrastructural development. Recall the Chinese government developed zero-day spyware to snoop around Kenya’s affairs and determine the status of the previous loans.
Techbooky Africa reported the Kenyan government’s years-long data breach instigated by China which is categorized as espionage. Hopefully, the South Koreans do not regard the MoU as a window to instigate espionage like the Chinese did when things go sideways and expectations fall short.