NAIROBI, August 4 – New Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) Director General Charles Njoroge has taken up office with a pledge to work with stakeholders to achieve industry objectives laid down in the new government blueprint, Vision 2030.
Speaking at his first official forum with industry stakeholders last week, Njoroge said one of his key focuses would be the publishing of the ICT Bill.
Njoroge was emphatic that unless the Bill is in place regulation of the market could be a challenge.
The new regulator pledged to adopt an open door policy with industry players noting that feedback from them would go a long way in creating a more enabling environment.
“Convergence in ideas should allow us to achieve our objective of providing the masses with access to ICT at an affordable price,” Njoroge remarked.
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Meanwhile local entrepreneurs in the ICT industry will soon benefit from a Sh100 million fund to be used for production of local content.
ICT Board Chairman Paul Kukubo revealed that his body would be disbursing the money in grant form.
“Very soon we will be announcing a grant committee of eminent people who will oversee the grant administration and local entrepreneurs will be encouraged to submit proposals for applications and solutions in content and IT applications,” he said.
According to Kukubo, the grants should stimulate the sector’s growth.
At the same time, training of 7,500 youth to run digital villages around the country will finally begin in September.
The project, to be funded through a Sh200 million grant from the World Bank has been delayed due to stringent disbursement measures.
Dubbed “Pasha’, the project will see the youth working at digital centres countrywide and will involve several components, including training, internet access and delivery of government and social services developed along the local community’s reality.
“For example you will find that a centre in Kisumu, a centre in Malindi and a centre in Kitale will have a different spin. Each is intended to suit the social and economic activity within its environment,” he said.
The digital villages should be in place by the end of this year.