President William Ruto now says that Kenya will start producing her own smartphones in the next 12 months.
Ruto says that Kenya will be the biggest producer of Africa’s cheapest smartphones in the next one year.
Speaking on Thursday during the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Annual General meeting, Ruto said the government is in talks with telcos to actualize the dream.
“The real last mile in technology is the gadget and we are already working with our telecommunications sector so that we can have a smartphone that is going to be less than Sh5,000.
“A smartphone that can do everything that you want,” he said.
“Today the cheapest smartphone is Sh10,000 maybe Sh15,000. We want to see whether we can get to 30 or 40 Dollars and I want to promise the country that in the next 8 to 12 months we will have the cheapest smartphone in Africa, manufactured in Kenya.”
Further,Ruto says that his administration is looking at having all government services online within the same period.
Noting that currently, about 15 per cent of government services can be accessed online,Ruto says he seeks to have at least 80 per cent of the services online.
The President said they will also use digital platforms in tax collection.
“We are working on it and by God’s Grace, between 6 and 12 months, we will have moved 90 per cent of all govt 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 said.