County ICT infrastructure tops Matiang’i agenda

May 21, 2013
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ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i said the ministry is willing to offer support to the county governments, to establish the required infrastructure in counties/FILE
ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the ministry is willing to offer support to the county governments, to establish the required infrastructure in counties/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 21 – The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology will work with county governments to develop key infrastructure in counties to enhance growth of ICT in the country.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the ministry is willing to offer support to the county governments, to establish the required infrastructure in counties.

“There is need to build ICT infrastructure in the counties that will help in business, governance and service delivery,” he said during a meeting of the ICT Board in Nairobi.

Matiang’i said that the ministry is committed to enhance and strengthen the national ICT master plan that will include cyber security and digital payments in governments and will launch it in the next 100 days.

“The ICT master plan framework was developed a while back by some of my colleagues. We are trying to improve it now and develop it further to include new frameworks,” he explained.

Matiang’i said that an ICT summit meant to bring together over 400 ICT stakeholders in Mombasa next week will further discuss how county governments can use technology in developing plans and future predictions.

“The summit will work on making service delivery in our counties more efficient with the use of ICT,” he said.

He asked county government to collaborate with the national government to actualise the development programs.

“We need to ensure that ICT becomes a part and parcel of our lives, since it’s very important. We must have conversation with the county government because national government cannot do everything,” he explained.

He further said that cases of cyber security need to be looked into as they affect investors’ decisions. “No investors are willing to operate in a country without cyber security.”

He asked the private sector to come on board to make these opportunities real and possible for the country.

The Kenya ICT Board is carrying out a Kenya Transparency Communication Infrastructure Project (KTCIP) which aims at generating growth and employment by leveraging ICT and Public Private Partnerships to create IT enabled services industry.

This will contribute to improved efficiency and transparency of selected government functions through e-government applications.

This project dubbed ‘PASHA’ will be rolled out in all counties to ease access to government services.

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