Kenya is set to make a major push towards digitalization, with President William Ruto announcing that all government services, including marriage and divorce, will be available online by the end of 2023. Currently, there are already 3,000 national and county government services available online, and the government plans to add another 2,000 by the end of May, taking the total to 5,000.
To support this push, the government is deploying a digital infrastructure that consists of 100,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables. This infrastructure will create 25,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots and Digital Village Smart Hubs in each of Kenya’s 1,450 wards.
The announcement was made during the launch of the Fingo Africa App, which is set to drive financial inclusion in Kenya and across the African continent. The app enables users to open a bank account via their mobile phones in under four minutes, send money to other Fingo users for free, make utility payments, buy airtime, and more.
The Fingo Africa App was launched by Ecobank, a pan-African lender. According to Jeremy Awori, the CEO of Ecobank Group, the app is a “game-changer in digital finance in Africa” that will bring many young people into the mainstream financial sector and cater to their needs and preferences.