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Attn mobile app devs

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by Gurta, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Gurta

    Gurta JF-Expert Member

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    The World Bank
    on Thursday launched a regional
    mobile applications laboratory in
    Nairobi as part of its global 13 million
    Euros program to stimulate innovation
    and competitiveness among small and
    medium enterprises (SME) ICT in
    developing countries.
    World Bank’s Country Director
    Johannes Zutt said the lab will provide
    a space for developers of mobile
    applications to design and market
    their products.
    “This lab will enable dynamic
    developers from the East Africa region
    to exploit existing opportunities in the
    growing mobile applications market,”
    Zutt told journalists during the launch
    of the project in Nairobi .
    The over-reaching goal is to increase
    the productive capacity of SMEs
    through use of ICT to compete
    effectively in the global knowledge
    economy in order to contribute to
    sustainable development and to create
    of jobs.
    The laboratory is a partnership
    between Nokia and World Bank’s
    InfoDev program that promotes
    development of ICT in developing
    Zutt said the Bank is concentrating on
    nurturing Kenya ’s mobile application
    industry because it has the most
    potential of any industry in Kenya .
    “Over the past 10 years the ICT sector
    has contributed 1 percent to the
    Gross Domestic Product ( GDP )
    growth annually. Since for every two
    people in the world using mobile
    money transfer, one is a Kenyan, the
    country should use this advantage to
    develop other applications,” Zutt said.
    The Permanent Secretary in the
    Ministry of Information and
    Communication Dr. Bitange Ndemo
    said the low cost of mobile handsets
    as well as calls has spurred innovation
    in the mobile phone industry.
    “With a mobile subscriber base of
    over 20 million, the developers have a
    large enough market to sell their
    software,” Ndemo said.
    He said the lab will encourage
    developers of mobile applications in
    Kenya to collaborate and to jointly
    develop software in order to come up
    with products that have a ready
    “Developers have tended to work
    alone in this projects and this has
    reduced the success rate of their
    software. This lab will be instrumental
    in developing these mobile
    applications,” Ndemo said.
    Other similar labs are set to open in
    Vietnam , Pakistan , South Africa and
    Armenia .
    There is a growing interest for global
    ICT companies to set up base in
    Kenya because of the country’s
    “Other developing countries such as
    India have developed a world class
    Information Technology (IT) industry
    and there is no reason Kenya should
    not develop if entrepreneurs are
    provided with the right environment,”
    Zutt said.

  2. Mtazamaji

    Mtazamaji JF-Expert Member

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    So Kenya ndo HQ ya ICT east africa.( Technologically)
    Tanzania ndo makako makuu ya East africa (politically.)
  3. Gurta

    Gurta JF-Expert Member

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    ndo manake bosi
  4. mdeesingano

    mdeesingano Member

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    Mi nadhani ni developers tujipange tu as a team, we go there and pay a visit to the lab to get an exposure...