Government plans ICT hubs in all counties

May 29, 2013
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Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning Anne Waiguru said the establishment of the hubs in each county will empower youths with the necessary training and work experience/KEN MACHARIA
Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning Anne Waiguru said the establishment of the hubs in each county will empower youths with the necessary training and work experience/KEN MACHARIA
MOMBASA, Kenya, May 29 – The Ministry of Devolution and Planning has announced plans to roll out ICT incubation hubs in all counties.

Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning Anne Waiguru said the establishment of the hubs in each county will empower youths with the necessary training and work experience to develop market ready ICT services and products.

Waiguru was speaking in Mombasa during the ICT conference dubbed Connected Kenya where she shared the content of the second Medium-Term Plan for the economic blueprint Vision 2030 (MTP 2013-2017).

The incubation hubs will be connected by a country-wide fibre network and Wi-Fi which the government is planning to roll out progressively.

“Under the programme, the government will also expand the fibre optic networks to cover hospitals, schools, police stations and Wi-Fi capabilities in major towns,” she said.

The MTP has identified several challenges which include low adoption of ICT services by learning and government institutions, inadequate supply of uninterrupted power supply, lack of a comprehensive legislative base for regulating usage of ICT and broad utilisation.

Waiguru said the ministry will streamline government records by creating a single electronic records system across all departments.

“This will enhance transparency and accountability of public resource managers for effective service delivery,” she explained.

The registration system will also be synced within the next five years into a single registration system activated at birth.

In addition to birth records, the system will include national ID records, NHIF, NSSF and other tax or commercial registration.

The Connected Kenya Conference 2013 is discussing how shared ICT services can be harnessed to deliver fast and quality services to citizens at the county level.

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