Kenya: President Ruto Lauds Digitruck for Empowering Grassroots Innovation in Kenya

Nairobi — Kenya’s President William Ruto has commended the DigiTruck program for its dedication to nurturing grassroots innovation and encouraged young people to harness its potential.

During his visit to the DigiTruck as part of the Kenya Innovation Week – Commonwealth Edition project on Monday, President Ruto, accompanied by Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, emphasized that innovation stands as the cornerstone of global development today.

He expressed his appreciation for Huawei Technologies’ ongoing efforts to cultivate digital skills and drive innovation at the grassroots level across the country. President Ruto highlighted the DigiTruck program as a truly bottom-up initiative designed to foster robust innovative capabilities by providing access to technology, the internet, and mentorship.

The DigiTruck initiative, a part of Huawei’s TECH4ALL program, operates in collaboration with various partners, including the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Creative Economy, and Sports, as well as the Ministry of Information, Communications, and Digital Economy.

As a passionate advocate for the vital role of innovation in Kenya’s success, President Ruto engaged with Mohamed Suleiman, a grassroots innovator from Mombasa County. Mohamed, who received 40 hours of digital skills training in March 2022 and won the DigiTruck Innovation Award in Mombasa, subsequently began providing digital skills training to other young individuals for a nominal fee. Not only have these youth utilized their newfound skills to generate income, but Mohamed’s business has flourished to the extent that he could purchase a motorbike and establish a delivery service.