TechInAfrica – The Government of Nairobi, Microsoft Philanthropies, and other foundations are upskilling 50,000 Micro Small Enterprises (MSEs) owners through the initiative Future Ni Digital.
The program is expected to employ 2,000 youth at the end of 2021, as revealed by the Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, Mr. Lawrence Karanja at Kariobangi Center of Excellence during the program start.
Speaking during the event, the CEO of MSEA, Mr. Henry Rithaa said, “Our mission is to create an environment that makes our MSE sector globally competitive, and we are honored to partner with such noble stakeholders who are appreciative and aligned to meeting this National goal.”
“Continuous skill improvement is key for survival in today’s dynamic market environment, that is why we have come together to address the knowledge and skill gaps in digital literacy that will benefit 50,000 MSEs. This partnership is timely and oriented to the Authority’s strategic direction of focusing key service delivery functions on digitization and innovation to better serve the MSE sector.’’
The program will be taught in the form of online digital entrepreneurial skills, with around 1,000 trainers coming from the Micro and Small Enterprise Authority (MSEA), the Kenya Industrial Business Training, Uasin Gishu, and Nakuru counties as well as County Industrial Development Officers from the country.
Stanbic Kenya Foundation and Microsoft Kenya are developing an online learning platform for business owners.