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Technology is evolving at a very high speed such that a substantial innovation now may seem irrelevant in the next few years. I look back at the when the famous Kimnyole predicted the “iron snake ” – construction of the railway, from the time it was implemented to the time the standard gauge railway (SGR) kicked off, we have lost so much since the state corporations took over. No economic growth has been brought in by the railway if only it had been privatized then we could be ahead of times. Well, George Bernard once said “Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything” it’s about time we adapted to new change and be receptive to new technology.
The ability to innovate, create as well as adapt to new technology has not been fully embraced especially in developing countries. Most of these countries import technology from already developed countries. Other international and developed countries have revolved their capabilities by recognizing the need and importance of locally innovated technology. These countries hardly import materials and if they do import, they get materials from developing countries. This clearly shows that if developing countries would turn to tech. innovation, their cost of technology would be highly slashed.
In Kenya for example everybody uses phones imported phones yet we are capable of manufacturing phones ourselves. All it calls for is good leadership and campaigns to embrace local products. A good example is where companies import goods from other countries and white label them.
If our education system would be thorough technology and innovation especially in universities, then students will not have to watch tutorials in the internet and this whole dilemma of innovators would fade away. Further, government support for the tech-literate youth in our country would significantly reduce imported technology.
Companies on the other hand, should foster partnerships with learning institutions to help in embracing technology. In the construction industries For example where the Kenyan government has given out tenders to the Chinese government thus locking out our local companies; we need to give chance to our local potentials and moreover, take them overseas to benchmark with the best.
The youth should rise up to the occasion to deliver technology into the various development sectors and venture into SME market.
Finally, it is upon us to help our nation move forward and as Bill Clinton said, “The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change”; you and I, let’s embrace local technology.