President Ruto has once again reiterated the plan by the Kenya Kwanza government to improve technology in the country.
He stated that Kenya will be the biggest producer of the cheapest smartphones in a record twelve months.
In pursuit of the above, the government is in talks with telecommunication companies to produce the cheapest smartphone in history that will cost 5000 shillings and below.
“The real last mile in technology is the gadget and We are already working with our telecommunication sector to have a smartphone that will be less than Ksh 5,000, a smartphone that can do everything you want, stated William Ruto.
President Ruto made these remarks at the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry(KNCCI)during an annual General Meeting.
The cost of the phone is expected to range from five thousand and below.
”Today the cheapest smartphone is about Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 15,000. We want to see whether we can get it at Ksh.3000-5000 .”
He also noted that the said phones should hit the market within eight to twelve months.
The president also noted that the government was working towards moving all government services online.
He stated that about 15 percent of government services are available online but the goal is to have at least 80 percent of the services online in line with the manifesto.
“We are working on it and by God’s Grace between 6 and 12 months, we will have moved 90 percent of all government services onto the digital platform and ensure that from the comfort of your home, you can work with the government. You can get your license and government service without having to travel to any office.”Ruto stated.
During campaigns, the president promised internet connectivity to every household in the country.
This way Kenyans would call and surf the internet at no charge whatsoever.
He said this move would empower the youth to engage in the digital economy.
“Moreover, to bring more Kenyans, especially the youth online for business, learning, entertainment, and socialization, the government intends to take measures to bring down the cost of calls and data,” Ruto remarked during this year’s mashujaa day.