Kenya bags three awards at ITU Telecom World 2018
Two Kenyan startups were crowned as among the continent's top innovators for an award that recognises entrepreneurs making a social impact through their work.
Chamasoft and Zineke Limited were feted at the just-ended International Telecommunication Union ITU Telecom World awards in Durban, South Africa.
Chamasoft is a financial record management solution for self-help groups while, Zinake Limited links employers to vetted unskilled workers. Both were awarded as a finalist in the Global SME Award under the innovations that demonstrated social impact.
The event saw more than 3100 participants from 94 countries including top-level government representatives, influential industry leaders – from established players to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and from emerging and developed markets.
Among the 125 SME exhibitors from across the globe other Kenya’s firms were Sunrise Tracking and iLab Africa who showcased their innovations. Other showcase activities at the Pavillion included government programmes and projects aimed at improving ICT
Kenya scooped the Government award that recognizes the national pavilion with the most promising and innovative Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Communications Authority of Kenya, the coordinator of the Kenya Pavillion, received a Certificate of Appreciation from the ITU, for its mobilization efforts.
The ITU Telecom World is increasingly narrowing its focus on SMEs and their role within the broader ICT ecosystem. Kenya delegation was led by Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed, Principal Secretary, State Department for Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Ministry of ICT. Also present was CA’s Board Chair, Ngene Gituku, USAC Chair, Dr. Catherine Ngahu and Board Director Paul Kukubo.