ICT will help Kenya achieve its 2022 GDP growth ambition with cutting-edge digital tools playing a key role to advance manufacturing, job creation and economic development.
Just months after Pan African SEACOM increased its marine fibre cable capacity to 1.5 TB, the ISP is courting businesses in Kenya to ensure continuity of demand.
SEACOM’s upgrade is targeted at the East African region where there has been a surge in demand for bandwidth.
Cutting-edge digital tools to grow Kenya’s economy
Cutting-edge digital tools will play a key role in the advancement of the manufacturing sector, creation of jobs and economic development in Kenya.
Internet service provider SEACOM, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya, say these tools are fundamental to increase GDP contribution from the current 9.2 per cent to 20 per cent by 2022.
Speaking during a recent SEACOM Chat, SEACOM Business Sales Lead, Patrick Ndegwa, noted that their expansion of internet reach to enterprises beyond Nairobi is one of the strategic initiatives to support the growth of the manufacturing industry in Kenya.
“As a key Internet provider, we believe that technology is essential in providing solutions to increase efficiencies in a sector that plays a lead role in the economic development of our country. Innovative technologies such as 3D printing, next-level robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT) are and will continue to drastically transform operations at factories,” Ndegwa said.
Increased efficiencies and innovation
Technology has been seen to increase efficiencies and innovation such as the reduction of carbon footprint and incorporating efficient recycling processes.
As is evident in industrialised nations that have invested in enabling technologies, research and development, as well as the requisite human resources, run smarter and more efficient factories.
KAM CEO, Phyllis Wakiaga stressed the importance of having a clear commitment from stakeholders in conversations on the development of the country, being cognizant of global trajectories of the fourth industrial revolution.
“The declaration of manufacturing as a top priority investment area for the country to drive economic growth has seen manufacturers and the government engage more towards this goal,” she said.
She hailed the positive changes in the sector saying that the automation processes of many industries provide an opportunity for the recalibration of the definition and value of work.
“We believe that our contribution towards revamping our production processes, and using them as centres of excellence towards skills development in the country will go a long way in catapulting our local industry into global standards,” Wakiaga added.
Manufacturing base for the economy
However, in this digital age, these frameworks are blurring thereby disrupting the manufacturing landscape.
In addition, increasing productivity gains from the use of digital technologies across the value-chain and maximising employment gains from the efficiencies generated, is key for transforming the manufacturing sector and boosting productive employment.
BAT Kenya says it focuses on the deployment of technology to centralise operations right from the farms to the end consumer.
The company’s IT Business Unit Manager, Edgar Okioga, said upholding the belief that a sustainable and agile approach to doing business is key to their success.
“We have seen positive changes in the manufacturing sector and look forward to seeing the sector evolve further in the future. As a company, technology plays a critical role to the success of our business and through our partnership with SEACOM, we have been able to employ a variety of solutions to ensure we are able to track our processes, minute by minute, constantly seeking ways to enhance our efficiencies,” added Okioga.
Africa’s celebrated tech hub
Kenya is a celebrated African tech hub, renowned for exemplary innovations across various sectors – from finance to transport, education and general commerce.
Consequently, it has earned its place on the global map as a hotbed of pioneering digital ideas and implementations.
Underpinning all this is access to reliable internet and internet-enabled solutions.
Francis Ndegwa adds that SEACOM has advanced its services to suit the Kenyan market, particularly for players in the manufacturing sector.
He says, “Only through collaboration can we proactively find ways of super-charging sectoral growth. SEACOM strives to provide efficient and reliable internet infrastructure as the rapid development of the manufacturing industry will be driven by incorporating digital technologies into operations and manufacturers becoming quick adopters of the latest trends to save costs and enhance efficiencies.”
In the latest managerial changes at the service provider, Tugee becomes the first Managing Director for the region indicating future prospects for the company.
Tugee will lead a team of experienced ICT professionals that deliver high quality and affordable internet bandwidth into these dynamic and growing markets.
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