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Creation of The Kenya ICT Authority

“I wish to note that in the last seven years, significant strides have been made in the ICT sector and ICT Authority will ensure continuity. These include Digital Inclusion, creation of Local Digital Content, Public Sector Shared Services, e-Applications and the development of BPO/ITES sector capacity. We are on track with the National Backbone fibre-optic cable infrastructural development,” said Dr. Fred Matiangi, the Cabinet Secretary of Ministry of Information Communications and Techonology.

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PRESS STATEMENT BY DR. FRED MATIANG’I, CABINET SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY

In line with the Executive Order No.2 of 2013 on the Reorganization of Government, I wish to announce the establishment of the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) under Legal Notice No.183 of 2013.

The Authority is an amalgamation of the former KICT Board, Department of e-Government and the Government Information Technology Services (GITS). It is mandated to co-ordinate the sector and to market Kenya as a local and international ICT hub.

The Authority will rationalize and streamline the management of all Government of Kenya ICT institutions. It will also advise the Government on sectoral development and ICT project implementation and investment.

The Authority shall enforce ICT standards in Government and enhance the supervision of its electronic communications under the National Messaging theme: “One Government, One Voice.” Our objective is to standardize and procedurize e-Government communication services. Already a steering committee has been formed to re-structure and re-brand Government websites to promote a positive image. The committee will also establish ways to upgrade Government cyber security and help build capacity in ICT.

The new ICT Authority Board, which comprises a non-executive chair and ten members, shall be in place within the next 30 days.

I wish to note that in the last seven years, significant strides have been made in the ICT sector and ICT Authority will ensure continuity. These include Digital Inclusion, creation of Local Digital Content, Public Sector Shared Services, e-Applications and the development of BPO/ITES sector capacity. We are on track with the National Backbone fibre-optic cable infrastructural development.

Similarly, the Government online Portal is being upgraded to a one-stop shop for Government information. The Ministry will table the Access to Information Bill as soon as Parliament resumes. When enacted, the new law will give effect to Article 35 of the Constitution to ensure citizens’ right to access to information held by the State.

The Kenya Open Data project, which promotes transparency in Government, was launched in 2011 and is accessible for new business opportunities and employment.

The Connected Kenya Master Plan (2012-2017), which envisions Kenya as a globally competitive and respected knowledge-based economy has begun to strengthen ICT business development and is expected to be a major driver in industry.

The sector will play a pivotal role in enhancing citizens’ participation in decision making on critical public issues such as environmental protection. We believe that once established, the Authority will go a long way in fulfilling the development aspirations of Kenyans.

Finally, the Ministry will convene a forum with all County Government ICT Executive Secretaries to rationalize the new ICT policies in September 2013.

Thank you.

Dr. Fred Matiang’i

Cabinet Secretary

Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology

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