Ruto: 20,000 Kenyans to work from Ruiru for American firms

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 21 May, 2024 12:07 | 2 mins read
President William Ruto at the Centre for Disease Control Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America on May 20, 2024. PHOTO/X(@WilliamsRuto)

President William Ruto has revealed that more Kenyans are set to be employed by American companies that are operating through the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) framework.

Speaking during a meeting with Kenyans living in the US at the Cobb Galleria Center, in Atlanta on May 20, 2024 (note that Kenya is 7 hours ahead of Atlanta), Ruto noted that some 5,000 Kenyans have already been employed through the BPO framework.

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is a subset of outsourcing that involves the contracting of the operations and responsibilities of a specific business process to a second-party service provider.

"That space of digital jobs is the real space that can give us opportunities for Kenyans to work. Last week, I am not talking about last year, I am not talking about last month, I am talking about last week. I was in Ruiru where we were commissioning a BPO that is going to hire 5,000 Kenyans, one BPO," Ruto said.

Adding that; "They are going to be doing online jobs. That particular BPO by CCI has JetBlue, AT&T, all American companies."

Ruto further disclosed that the same facility in Ruiru, Kiambu County will be hiring 20,000 Kenyans in the next two years.

"Kenyans will be working from Ruiru for American companies here. That same company in the next two years will be hiring 20,000 Kenyans. That one company called CCI. And we have many of them who we are working with so that we can create those spaces not just in Ruiru but all the other towns in Kenya," Ruto said.

Ruto's itinerary

State House spokesperson Hussein Mohamed shared Ruto's itinerary ahead of his visit to the US.

On Monday, Ruto visited the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum to emphasise Kenya's shared commitment to governance and anti-corruption efforts.

He later visited the Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay homage to the civil rights struggle and thereafter headed to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) headquarters to discuss the US-Kenya health partnership.

The day ended with Ruto and first lady Rachel Ruto being hosted by the Kenyan diaspora in Atlanta.

On Tuesday, President Ruto will visit Spelman College to emphasize the importance of higher education in science and technology, followed by a visit to Tyler Perry Studios to explore opportunities in the creative economy.

He will also visit the Coca-Cola company to forge new investments and launch Vivo's inaugural store. In the evening, he will attend a dinner hosted by Atlanta's mayor, Andre Dickens.

On Wednesday, President Ruto will travel to Washington, D.C., where he will be accorded full ceremonial state honours and meet with a congressional delegation. He will also hold discussions at Capital Hill.

On Thursday, President Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto will lay a wreath at Arlington Cemetery to honour dead American soldiers and other historic figures. They will also hold a bilateral meeting with President Joe Biden to highlight development opportunities.

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