ICT sector

Kenya plans to prioritize development of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) infrastructure to spur economic growth, a senior official said Tuesday.

Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of ICT, told journalists that ICT will be used to catalyze growth in the four key areas of food security, housing, manufacturing and healthcare that will transform Kenya’s economy over the next five years.

“As a government, ICT is at the center of our programs and development goals,” Mucheru said during the launch of the Nairobi Innovation Week (NIW) 2018.

NIW provides a platform to stimulate conversations between the ICT industry, the innovators, academia, and the general public.

The cabinet secretary said that as Kenya seeks to solidify its position as a leading regional ICT and economic hub, the government will also prioritize the formulation of a vibrant ICT policy and legislative framework.

Mucheru said that in the agricultural sector, ICT will be deployed to predict weather patterns and market forces.

“ICT will also be used in research to develop smart agricultural practices and crop varieties that are tolerant to extreme weather,” he added.

He noted that for the housing sector, ICT will be utilized to provide information on the availability of materials and use of new technologies to develop affordable houses.

Mucheru said broadband connectivity has already been put up in all the 47 counties to facilitate citizens to access government online services and boost growth of SMEs in rural areas.

The Ministry of ICT has set its focus on completing the development of the Konza Technopolis that will power ICT innovations and has so far invested 790 million U.S. dollars towards phase one of the project. Enditem



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