Kenya unveils ICT master plan

By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya has launched the national Information, Communication Technology Master Plan 2017 to spur economic growth in the country.

The policy document will guide the country’s ICT direction in the next three years.

In the new plan, three key ICT projects have been identified including a Citizen Service Portal, Government Shared Services and National Digital Registry Services.

The Masterplan, launched at Connected Kenya Summit 2014 in Diani, Kwale County this week, details how these projects will be implemented, the timelines required and funding options.

Present during the launch was Uganda Minister for Communications John Nasasira, Rwanda Minister for ICT Philbert Nsengimana and South Sudan's Minister for Telecommunications Rebecca Okwaci.

In a statement by ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i the Government has demonstrated its commitment by increasing the ICT budget allocation to 2.5 percent and will continue to put aside more projects in the coming years to at least 5 per cent until country is at par with international best practices.

Matiang’i said the three projects were singled out for their ability to spur Kenya’s economic growth.

Themed ‘Breaking the Barriers’ the two-day summit saw top ICT executives convene to discuss ICT barriers and set way forward.

The master plan foresees 50 per cent of Kenyans accessing e-government services by the year 2017.

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