Deputy President Lauds JKUAT at Africa Digital Summit

Deputy President Hon. Rigathi Gachagua (third left) visits JKUAT stand at the Summit

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology joined other stakeholders drawn from across Africa for the Connected Africa Summit 2024, held at Uhuru Gardens grounds in Nairobi. The university, through the JKUAT Industrial Park showcased a range of locally assembled devices such as laptops and tablets, aimed at boosting Kenya’s efforts at digital inclusion.

The Summit themed “Shaping The Future of a Connected Africa: Unlocking Growth Beyond Connectivity” was focussed on advancing Africa’s digital economy and ICT development. Participants discussed a range of topics including, cross-continental cooperation, policy development, investment in digital infrastructure, and innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The Deputy President Hon. Rigathi Gachagua who visited JKUAT stand at the Summit, commended the University for its strategic contribution to Kenya’s digital transformation through training, devices assembly and active participation in government championed line projects. The Deputy President noted that JKUAT’s efforts had contributed significantly to the country’s job creation and technology transfer agenda.

Prof. Ngumi (second right) with Mr. Mbithi (second left), Prof. Langat Kibet, Director JKUAT Industrial Park (right) and Mr. Joseph Oliech of WEEE Centre (left)

On the sidelines of the Summit, JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi held consultations with Mr. Bonnie Mbithi, the CEO of WEEE Centre, aimed on fostering collaborations in the areas of e-waste management and promotion of circular economy. The two institutions have previously worked together to support large scale government ICT projects such as the Digital Learning Programme.

Prof. Ngumi and Mr. Mbithi acknowledged that proper e-waste management has the potential to contribute towards green economy and creation of job opportunities. JKUAT and WEEE Centre therefore agreed to set up appropriate mechanism and infrastructure that could support Kenya’s e-waste management agenda.

The weeklong Summit was officially opened by President William Ruto on April 22, 2024 and came to a close on Thursday April 25, 2024.

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