CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

16 April 2014

Kenya: Ministry of ICT to Have All Its Operations On a Digital Platform

The Ministry of ICT is set to have all its operations on a digital platform as a way to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability.

This was confirmed by the ICT Principal Secretary Joseph Tiampati at the sixth Connected Kenya summit at Diani, Mombasa County.

Held under the theme Breaking Barriers using Technology, this year's event seeks to explore and highlight key barriers to implementation of ICT projects in counties among all citizens and demographics and within government. Understanding and articulating the barriers to successful implementation of ICT project will allow key players in the industry to explore solutions to mitigate these challenges.

According to Tiampati, the digital platform will aim at cutting down on huge expenditures derived from procurement. He also added that the ministry will ensure the delivery of identified ICT projects through the ICT Authority.

The PS stated that the ministry will seek to have an inclusion of youth, women and physically challenged-owned enterprises in line with the government's agenda to uplift these segment of the population. This will be based on implementation of the government's Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) policy of reserving 30% of public entity's procurement to micro and small enterprises owned by the youth, women and the disadvantaged.

The government also announced three key projects in Information, Communication and Technology that will form its priority for the next three years. The three projects - singled out for their ability to impact on Kenyans' livelihoods and the country's economic growth - are National Digital Registry Services, Citizen Service Portal and Government Shared Services.

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