Yesterday marked the launch of the Digital Age Institute whose vision is bringing Bangalore to Kenya. It is a joint venture between SCR and Imatec (Kenya), with support from DANIDA and offers training in software development that meets international outsourcing standards as well exporting the software developed. The institute which has a capacity of 340 students hopes to become a full university within 10 years, and currently software development for mobile phones is one of the most popular courses.
The PS for Information & Communications, Dr. Bitange Ndemo was also at the event and revealed that:
- Indian and Chinese companies are setting up outsourcing centres in Kenya since they are cheaper to operate here. It was also mentioned that it takes just 3 weeks to train Kenyans to speak with perfect British or American accents!
- They are encouraging more companies to adopt open source platforms
- Staring with the budget this year, there will be no tax on computers accessories
- Communications costs must come down (In the US a gigabyte costs $20 while it’s about $1,800 in Kenya)
- Incubation centers will be set up at universities