President Uhuru Kenyatta today launched a nanotechnology and semiconductor manufacturing facility by Semiconductor Technologies Limited (STL) at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri.
The nano-technology and semiconductor manufacturing facility, the only one of its kind in Africa, produces integrated circuits, sensors and related nanotechnology products for the world market.
Its products have a high global demand and are used in electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, televisions and laptop computers.
“This is the dream some of us have for this country, our ability to become an industrialised nation, to be able to create good quality and well paying jobs for our young people,” President Kenyatta said
“By producing locally, we are not only saving money but also creating well-paying jobs for our young people,” he added.
Semiconductor Technologies Limited (STL) becomes the second factory that Mr Kenyatta launched with the first one being a weapon’s factory which will save the country millions of tax-payers money every year as part of the Government’s effort to produce and consume locally manufactured goods.
Mr Kenyatta further disclosed that he will soon launch a ship-building enterprise in Mombasa, adding that the country is also getting back to assembling motor vehicles locally as used to happen in the past.
“I believe this is the vision that we all need to work on as we work on all the infrastructure, generating sufficient power, building roads and putting fibre networks.
“We are doing all this so that we can attract industries such as this one in order to create employment, create hope and give opportunity especially to the young people of this country,” he said