Africa and EU in Partnership On the occasion of the Internet Governance Forum, held in Nairobi on 27-30 September 2011, the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes visited Kenya to further explore the role of ICT in the developing world.
Passionate about the role that ICT can play in stimulating Europe’s economy, Commissioner Neelie Kroes strongly believes that it can be similar in the developing world: “Supporting development has always included investing in infrastructure, which has historically meant things like the water supply, roads, electricity networks, or human capital. But in the modern world ICT is essential infrastructure too, without which our economy cannot function”.
During her visit in Kenya Ms Kroes had the chance to visit three successful projects addressing “ICT for development”: Close the Gap, the WEEE and i-Hub. Talking to those entrepreneurs “I was clear how much the Kenyan society stands to gain. From medical innovations like making it easier to find your local clinic and make an appointment, to audio text-messaging for the visually impaired, to projects targeting women and those from the slums. All in all, a very fulfilling day looking at what ICT can do for developing countries – and a day which reminded me just how similar the opportunities and challenges are in Europe, too.”
- European Union: Speech by Neelie Kroes Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda ‘Taking care of the Internet’
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