President Ruto: Internet Connectivity Vital For Creative Economy

June 14, 2023

President William Ruto has said the Government is committed to enhancing the digital superhighway to create opportunities for content creators to make a living.

The President said the government is looking to set up 25,000 free WiFi hotspots around the country to improve Internet access and give young people access to the digital superhighway.

The President revealed Google is supporting the setup of the hotspots.

“I appreciate Google’s support in enhancing the digital superhighway and creative economy pillar of our transformational agenda. In particular, for your support for our plan to provide free Wi-Fi hotspots across the country.”

The President was speaking during the closing ceremony of YoutubeBlackVoices, a fund designed to grow the presence and talents of black content creators across the world, including Kenya.

The Head of State also noted that the number of YouTube channels had grown exponentially.

“The number of YouTube channels in Kenya with over 1 million views has grown by 110 per cent in the last year proving our capacity for creative content generation is enough to generate livelihoods and become an economic sector.”

Over 90 government institutions including TVETs, hospitals, and law courts will also be connected to the Internet imminently, he added.

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