Kenyan ICT on track for strong growth
The Kenyan government projects that the country’s ICT sector will approach 20% growth by 2017, with the government making every effort to help boost this growth.
This is according to Dr Fred Matiangi, Cabinet Secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of ICT, who was addressing the opening of the second edition of the ICT Week organized by the Communications Authority of Kenya.
He said: “The fast paced nature of the ICT sector demands that all key stakeholders engage in continuous dialogue on emerging issues. I see the CA’s ICT week as one such opportunity for engagement and consultation on issues.”
Noting that ICT is a critical sector, Dr. Matiangi said: “The government recognizes this and its pledge to the sector is best underlined by the commitment demonstrated by none other than H. E. the President himself to this sector. From his personal attention to innovation hubs, participation in the national ICT innovation conference to the directive that led to the establishment of Enterprise Kenya, President Kenyatta is keen, focused and determined that ICT will characterize his public service revolution.” In line with this, the government expect that by the end of the next financial year, over 60% of public sector services will be delivered electronically.
He said the impressive 13.4% growth in the ICT sector last year is just the beginning of sustained growth. “We project that the sector should grow beyond 15% this year and approach the 20% mark by the year 2017. This growth is evidence that the government’s policies for the sector are working.”
Despite numerous ICT sector successes, Dr. Matiangi also urged all stakeholders, especially in the telecommunications subsector, to take full advantage of the digital dividend, embrace healthy competition, invest more resources and diversify their product base so as to afford the people of Kenya world class quality of service.
He also urged the CA to intensify its restructuring efforts, strengthen itself institutionally, and ensure that quality of service is offered by all licensees; as well as noting that there is still room for innovative approaches to the development of policy and regulation.