In a speech delivered from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri county after presiding over the launching of the Semiconductors Technologies Factory (STL) today on April 26th, President Uhuru Kenyatta once again expressed his optimism with the path that the country is taking in its quest to provide modern jobs for the youth and be an equal competitor in the 21st century business world.
The President first revealed that he met a partner of the current STL CEO Githinji Ndegwa (who previously worked for 4Wave Inc in the US) a while ago and that the partner had expressed huge doubts over Ndegwa bringing the plant to Kenya.
That luckily, Ndegwa came to realize after visiting Dedan Kimathi University of Technology that there's excellent expertise and quality workmanship at the institution that even exceeded what they had in the US and that's when he was convinced to set up the factory.
"These are the things that we should be proud of as Kenyans and this is the dream that some of us have been dreaming for our country. That's our ability to be able to become an industrial nation, to be able to create good, quality and well paying jobs for our young people.
To be able to turn our country from a country that consumes products from other parts of the world to a country that exports not only her products but her technology across the globe," the President said.
The President also added that "as we work on building sufficient infrastructure like generating power, constructing roads and laying of the fibre network, we know we have educated people. All we need is to give them opportunities and this is the foundation.
It's not only exciting but gives me hope as the kind of country Kenya can be. We'll be the first African country that'll be selling microprocessors to the United States, France, Japan and other countries.
This is going to be the future because we'll be able to produce our own motherboards, then television sets and mobile phones."
Watch the President speak at minute 7:00 of the video in the link below.
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