The Ministry of Investments, Trade, and Industry, under the leadership of Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria, has announced massive job vacancies with a prominent US multinational corporation.
In an official statement, Mr. Kuria disclosed that Sama, formerly known as Samasource, is gearing up to recruit more than 2,000 individuals from Kenya.
The hiring plan encompasses an immediate intake of 600 Kenyan professionals within this week and an additional 1,500 candidates over the next two weeks.
According to Kuria, this development follows discussions with Wendy Gonzelez, the CEO of the renowned global BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) giant Samasource.
The decision aligns with recent government initiatives aimed at generating one million BPO jobs in Kenya, focusing on computer vision artificial intelligence (AI) roles.
In a press invitation, the multinational corporation announced that it intends to employ Kenyan youth for computer vision technology projects for top Fortune 500 companies.
“Sama cordially invites you to the launch of the youth training and empowerment initiative. In line with the government’s agenda of creating employment in the digital economy and Sama’s impact sourcing model, Sama will formally announce hiring Kenyan youths to work on various computer visioning projects for leading Fortune 500 companies,” the invitation excerpt stated.
The training sessions, scheduled to take place in Nairobi, will be attended by prominent figures, including Eng John Kipchumba Tanui, the Principal Secretary of the State Department of ICT and the Digital Economy, and Annepeace Alwala, Vice President of Sama Global Service Delivery.
Nearly one million graduates join the job market each year, leading to a significant increase in unemployment rates.
To address this issue, the government has initiated various programs and initiatives to promote self-employment as a viable alternative.
One such initiative involves the establishment of an outsourcing hub, which facilitates foreign companies in hiring employees from Kenya. This strategic move is designed to provide opportunities for Kenyan workers and help alleviate the challenges of high unemployment rates.