ICT Principal Secretary Dr Jerome Ochieng says plans are underway to optimise the assembly’s output as well as provide a ready market for the devices under the “buy Kenya Build Kenya Initiative”.
The Moi University Digital Assembly Plant was officially inaugurated in June and has so far assembled 150,000 ICT devices for the Kenya Digital Literacy Program and another 70,000 tablets for the recent national census exercise.
The half a billion shillings digital plant which is an investment by Moi University and jp.ik, a Portuguese Information and Communication Technologies company, has a capacity to produce 4,500 devices per day.
The new products are designed to appeal to the youth spirits and on the go users due to their versatility.
ICT Principal Secretary Dr Jerome Ochieng urged institutions to customise relevant courses for the job market amid growing demand for ICT professionals in the digital space.
The PS called on county governments to support the initiative by ordering ICT devices directly from the factory.
“We are therefore encouraging Kenyans to buy these locally assembled computers because buying Kenya ultimately builds Kenya. We are also calling upon CountyGovernments to support this initiative and order their ICT devices directly from the factory.”
The ICT PS noted that the factory has a capacity of employing up to 1000 people directly and 10,000 people indirectly during its peak production adding that the only challenge is to find a continuous market that will ensure that it is always at its peak.