, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 30 – Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Thursday inaugurated the new ICT Authority Board that will serve for a term of three years.
The new six-member board is expected to enforce ICT standards in Kenya and enhance the supervision of electronic communication.
The board brings together the former Kenya ICT Board, Department of e-Government and the Government Information Technology Services, merged in August last year.
The board, to be chaired by former Alego Member of Parliament Edwin Yinda, is made up of professionals in the market ranging from ICT, management, human resource, academia, law, finance and business.
Matiang’i said the board’s first responsibility will be to go through the authority’s strategic plan that will operationalise and rationalise the running of the Authority as well as starting the recruitment of a new CEO.
“Among the deliverables that we expect immediately is a comprehensive strategy which the ICT Authority will leverage on to realise the expected transformation of Kenya’s ICT landscape. I am confident that this Board will nature this process successfully and make us all proud,” Matiang’i said.
Other members include Prof Timothy Waema, Esther Kibere, Bertha Dena, Prof Elijah Omwenga, David Mugo and Ugas Mohamed. Representing the government are representatives from the Ministry of Lands, Ministry of ICT and National Treasury.
Other mandates of the Authority will be to deploy and manage all ICT staff in the public service, facilitate and regulate the design, implementation and use of ICTs in the public service and promote ICT literacy and capacity.
It is also expected to supervise the design, development and implementation of critical ICT Projects across the Public Service and implement and manage the Kenya National Spatial Data Initiative.
“I would like to call upon all Kenyans both in public and private sector to align their ICT projects to the National ICT Master plan currently under revision before implementing new ICT projects. Consequently, all government institutions must stop all new ICT projects, and first seek guidance and approval of the ICT Authority,” Yinda said during his acceptance speech.