Kenya is committed to supporting the global digital agenda activities espoused of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Information Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has said.
Speaking during the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, South Korea, Matiangi said Kenya would work closely with fellow member states to advance digital agenda during “this epoch of rapid evolution of telecommunication technologies and services”.
He said the world was in dire need for solutions to narrow the aps of exclusivity as well as inspire rapid growth in diversity of various ICT applications and services, Kenya’s Foreign Ministry, said in a news dispatch on Tuesday.
He said the vision, “Connect 2020”, was very apt and should be individually and collectively embraced to achieve faster connectivity.
“ICTs is a key catalyst that can enable countries transform their economies and drive socio-economic progress,” said Matiangi.
He said the Kenya Government underpinned the significant role ICTs played in the transformation of the socio-economic development of countries.
It was for this reason that high emphasis had been placed on the utilization of ICTs as a key enabler in converting Kenya into a middle income economy by 2030, Matiangi said.
“To complement the public policy frameworks, the Government is investing in infrastructure roll-out and other Government-driven ICT initiatives through public private partnerships.”
Kenya was firmly in position to participate in the global information economy as attested in the proactive determination to roll-out ICT broadband infrastructure that would secure it as the hub for ICT businesses in the region, said the Cabinet Secretary.
Through the development of a conducive legal and policy framework, he said, the Government had inspired innovation, which had brought about diversification in applications and extensive use of ICTs in Kenya.
Matiangi cited the mobile money transfer service, M-PESA, as an innovation that had revolutionized the banking industry in Kenya, brought about high percentages of financial inclusion, and currently playing a major role in the promotion of e-commerce.
He also cited the Government’s partnership with the private sector that had come up with innovative approaches in the delivery of public service.
Some of the projects include the Presidential Digital Transformation project that has led to the creation of a Citizen portal dubbed Huduma Centre; the implementation of the National Digital Registry Services; and the Government Shared Services project in areas such as procurement.