The Kenya Vision 2030 seeks to create more than 20,000 jobs by 2015 in the ICT sector, information secretary Ezekiel Mutua has said. "The long term target for the sector is to create more than 200,000 jobs in the business process outsourcing (BPO) and contribute to over 10 percent to the gross domestic product," Mutua said. He said some of the world renowned firms such as IBM, WIPRO, Microsoft and Tata have shown interest in BPOs in Kenya.
Mutua was speaking at the Konza techno city site in Malili, Machakos county, in a meeting organised by the Makueni County Development Forum. Mutua said Konza technology city should focus on software development, data centres, disaster recovery centres, call centres and light assembly manufacturing. Mutua said filming is an unexploited area with potential to raise Sh40 billion adding that strategies are in place to develop the industry.
The Makueni county development forum was established and registered in response to the changes brought about by the new constitution and was founded by professionals and other community leaders from the county. However, Makueni county council chairman, Alloys Muiya Mwewa said the Konza ICT city was in Makueni county and not Machakos and said it was misleading for the government to tell Kenyans that it was in Machakos.