In a bid to establish Nairobi as a digital innovation hub, Governor Johnson Sakaja has inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with several tech leaders, including Mozilla Corporation, Moringa School, Adanian Lab, and Baraza Media Lab. The collaboration, set to span until 2027, aims to foster the Innovation and Digital Economy Sector, beginning in June 2023.
This landmark partnership supports Nairobi’s entrepreneurs and startups as the county plans to digitize its services, including payment systems. Governor Sakaja emphasized the alignment of the collaboration with the county’s innovation goals, stating that joining forces with Moringa School would provide invaluable opportunities to Nairobi’s youth.
The governor expressed his belief that offering free digital training could unlock the potential of numerous young individuals, equipping them with the skills necessary to excel in the digital economy. The program will provide access to free introductory digital skills training, enrollment of Moringa graduates in the County’s Entrepreneurship and Mentoring programs, and promotion of tech talent within Nairobi’s business community.
The initiative aims to equip the younger generation with the tools needed to succeed in the digital age while generating income opportunities. Michael Gumo, the Digital Economy and ICT County Executive Committee member, asserted that the county would become a leading innovation and ICT center within Kenya and the world.
Acting County Secretary Patrick Analo emphasized the county’s commitment to supporting youth capacity-building through its innovative center. Analo mentioned that Baraza Media Lab would assist in the development of innovative Nairobi business assets, logos, digital promotion materials, and improvements to the Nairobi website.
Moringa School Chief Executive Snehar Shah expressed enthusiasm for the partnership, affirming the institution’s dedication to transforming Nairobi into a fully realized digital hub, capable of providing global tech talent.