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Wachira’s dream was propelled by the Covid-19 pandemic which saw many schools closed and thus left many pupils with a lot of time in their hands.

To make the most out of the situation, Wachira kept himself busy fixing computers and other electronic devices for his peers so they could be able to learn online. He also conducted sharing sessions among underprivileged student communities in Kenya during the pandemic.

At the same time, Wachira completed advanced level training in robotics and various STEM disciplines under the mentorship of the STEM.org-accredited Unique World Robotics in Dubai.

Covid-19, according to UNECA’s Vera Songwe, was evidence that Africa cannot be ignored if the rest of the world is to reap from the 1 billion-plus African population.

Speaking at the Global Leaders Debate: Investments in Sustainable Innovation for a Thriving Future, Songwe said that 60 million electric vehicles are needed by 2050 and the raw materials are in Africa. “The continent controls 30 per cent of the raw materials and the sector needs to be relooked at to see how to attract more investment in the sector.”

Due to MSMEs’ contribution to socio-economic infrastructures in both developed and developing countries during the transition from market-oriented economies, they remain an important part of the continent’s economy.