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Government in talks with partners to lay 100,000km fibre optic cable to cover entire country

President William Ruto’s government is in talks with telecomunications companies to lay a 100,000km fibre optic cable to connect every corner of Kenya.

Ruto said digital solutions are key to economic success and that his government will leverage information communication technologies to create jobs.

The President said the Government will work with the private sector to create digital businesses, promote innovation and grow entrepreneurship.

“ICT is a big part of how we intend to deliver our development agenda. We are in talks with telecommunication companies to lay a 100,000 kilometre fibre optic that will reach every corner of Kenya,” he said.

The government will also use modern technology to enhance service delivery.

He said: “We are looking at transacting between 80 and 90 per cent of government services online.”

Using the example of his premier election pledge, the Hustler Fund, the President said Kenyans, especially those at the bottom of the economic pyramid, will have access to affordable credit online.

The Head of State made the remarks at State House, Nairobi, during a meeting with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is also the executive chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

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