WEF Rates Kenyan Human Capital as Best in the World - President Ruto

President William Ruto speaking during the COP28 held in Dubai, UAE
President William Ruto speaking during the COP28 held in Dubai, UAE on November 30, 2023

President William Ruto on Wednesday revealed that he was in receipt of a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) which ranks Kenyan talent as the best in the world.

Speaking in India during his official State visit to the Asian nation, Ruto vouched for the Kenyan workforce inviting investors to set up shop in the country.

"The World Economic Forum has rated Kenya's human capital as the best in the world. So, if you are looking for people to work in your business or enterprise or investment and you need engineers or bankers or investment people or whatever you need, you will find them in Kenya,” President Ruto noted.

However, the report Ruto was referencing was not publicly available by the time of publishing this article.

Passengers at Jomo Kenyatta Airport.
Passengers at a check point at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

While delivering his address, the President further revealed that the Open University of Kenya and the Indira Gandhi National Open University had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at establishing a relationship that will see the 2 institutions share information on capacity and courses.

President Ruto further invited Indian pharmaceutical manufacturers to the country emphasising that Kenya provides a bridge to the African pharmaceuticals market comprising 1.4 Billion people.

President Ruto also wooed Indian investors to set a base in Kenya.

He referenced the fact that Kenya is one of the biggest African exporters to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) treaty and drew parallels between that and India's potential.

The Global Talent Competitiveness Index published in November ranked Kenya 8th in Africa and 98th globally in terms of attracting the most competitive talent in the world.

GTC'S report which measures how countries and cities grow, attract, and retain talent ranked Kenya on various metrics including the ability to attract and retain talent and create an enabling business environment.

The area where Kenya scored the best was on ease in finding skilled employees and cloud computing. On this metric, Kenya featured at position 15 globally.

Kenyans queue for job opportunities in Nairobi.
Kenyans queue for job opportunities in Nairobi.
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