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Kenya: Google Unveils Sh1.1 Billion Grant to Support Kenya's Post-Covid-19 Recovery

American technology giant Google has announced a 10 million US dollar equivalent to Sh1.1 billion package to support Kenya's post Covid-19 recovery efforts.

The announcement was made Wednesday evening by the Google's Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai during a virtual meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta on the sidelines of a public discussion on digital transformation in Africa organised by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA).President Kenyatta welcomed the post Covid-19 recovery support from Google and thanked the company for working closely with the Kenyan Government in driving digital transformation across the country in the 13 years of its operations in Kenya.He said Kenya's digital transformation supported by partners such as Google over the years has seen the country rise to become "one of the start up capitals of the African continent." During the public discussion moderated by Kenyan international media icon and former CNN journalist Zain Verjee, the President said Kenya is aggressively expanding internet connectivity across the country and investing in skills development to enable young Kenyans to benefit from employment opportunities created by the digital revolution.

Moving forward, President Kenyatta said Kenya's priority is translating the expanding internet connectivity in the country into tangible economic benefits for her people.On his part, Mr Pichai said the Covid-19 pandemic had accelerated digital growth in Africa and assured President Kenyatta that Google will continue partnering with African Governments in the delivery of technology solutions.

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