Apple has employed over 23,000 Kenyans, Ruto says

The President said that the employed Kenyans are working remotely.

In Summary
  • Ruto highlighted the transformative power of innovation while cautioning against potential risks.
  • He recalled meeting a college student in the rural village of Kaiboi in Nandi County, who works remotely for a Germany-based AI company.
President William Ruto at the World Governments Summit in Dubai on February 13, 2024
President William Ruto at the World Governments Summit in Dubai on February 13, 2024
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President William Ruto has revealed that Apple has employed over 23,000 Kenyans.

Speaking on Tuesday at the Global World Summit in Dubai, the President said that the employed Kenyans are working remotely.

"When I visited Silicon Valley last year, Apple’s Tim Cook informed me that his company now employs about 23,000 Kenyans, all working from Nairobi," he said.

President Ruto highlighted the transformative power of innovation while cautioning against potential risks.

The President recalled meeting a college student in the rural village of Kaiboi in Nandi County, who works remotely for a Germany-based AI company.

"The game-changing possibilities arising from the convergence of a combination of energy, technology and the potential of our youth is brought into sharp focus by an experience I had a month ago in Kaiboi, a small village in rural Kenya, where I met a young diploma student. Brian Kipchumba works for an AI company based in Germany, from his laptop," Ruto added.

Ruto said his focus on the possibilities from the combined energy, technology and the potential of Kenyan youth is sharper.

The President added that Kenya's soul of innovation is the constant endeavour to meet public demand by providing solutions to problems, efficiently delivering services and transforming challenges into productive opportunities.

Ruto said the digital economy is delivering attractive opportunities for young people to work for employers across the world without having to leave their homes in Kenya.

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