However, the conference has failed to attract adequate East African participation, the Daily Nation reports.

Although meant to appeal to the whole region, about 90 per cent of the summit participants were Kenyans, said Mr Moroney. He attributed this to poor publicity.

Kenya continues to dominate the region as a technological hub. According to Kenya ICT Board CEO, Mr Paul Kukubo, this is because the country has the greatest number of trained ICT professionals in East Africa.

Rwanda is Kenya’s main competitor in the region, having invested heavily in ICT.

This second annual conference has attracted speakers from 17 countries and 70 technology organisations from across the world.

Germany, in particular, has sent a delegation of over 100 people, composed of investors and ICT leaders.

Top tech firms set for Africa’s annual IT summit in Nairobi

“Europe is in the doldrums, and these companies realise they need to invest in emerging economies,” Mr Moroney told the Nation during an interview after the opening of the two-day event on Wednesday.