17 July 2014

Kenya: County Govts Urged to Allocate More Funds Into ICT

County governments have been urged to allocate more funds for development of ICT infrastructure to compliment efforts from the national government.

Fred Matiang'i, Cabinet Secretary for ICT said that this would make the counties more competitive in the global market.

Matiangi, who was speaking during St Pauls Nyabururu Teachers Training College's 23rd graduation ceremony, pointed out that the sector has over the years been a core pillar to the economic growth of the country, but under funding was a big hindrance.

"Indeed ICT skills are increasingly fundamental for workers beyond the ICT sector. All service cadres now require ICT skills to complete in the job market as all sectors of our economy requires the incorporation of ICT into their workflows," said Matiangi.

"County Governments should use the 5 percent of their total budget in improving ICT in their Counties. The ICT Authority in my ministry can also partner in development of your ICT and infrastructure," he added. The Cabinet Secretary for ICT also said that he recognizes the importance ICT services play in economic, social and political spheres and is committed in developing the sector to assist in addressing traditional development problems with innovative solutions and approaches that are both effective and replicable.

He stated that the Government was looking forward to achieving the goals set out in the Kenya Vision 2030 but added that this will be attained on schedule unless there was rationalization of the education and training in line with the Vision 2030 dream.

Matiang'i also mentioned that counties will be connected to broad band fibre optic cable by December next year. He said the remaining 2,100 km from the 4,300 km of the cable, would be done by the end of the new financial year and called on counties to use part of their budget to help complete the ICT project.

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