The youth registered in the government’s Ajira Digital program will now have to pay a registration fee of Sh10,000 for the next three years effective January, 2020.
This is directive was given by Treasury CS Henry Rotich on Thursday during the 2019/2020 budget reading.
According to the CS the registration fee will support the youth engaged in the program.
“The major objective of the program is to enable over 1 million youth annually to be engaged as Digital Freelance workers,” Rotich said.
The CS also said the Ajira Digital program will bridge the gap between skills available and skills in demand.
Rotich also applauded the efforts of the government in embracing technology.
“As a result of the ICT penetration, Kenya has been ranked 7th in Africa in e-commerce uptake and 85th globally,” he said.
Ajira Digital is government run project which provides up-to-date job listings directly from employer websites to the youths.
The project also offers trainings and certifications to youth who want to learn about online work.