ICT to spur Big four agenda says CS Mucheru

Written By: Hunja Macharia
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Information communication and Technology will play a huge role in the attainment of the Big Four agenda, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has said.

Speaking during a site visit of the Konza Technocity accompanied by members of the Senate committee on ICT led by Chairman Gideon Moi, Mucheru said the Konza Technocity would spur both the housing and manufacturing sectors which are part of the government’s Big Four agenda.

“It is impossible to use ICT alone to spur growth. We intend to use ICT as an enabler to the Big Four agenda,” said Mucheru.

He said a new ICT policy will soon be tabled in parliament to replace the one formulated in 2006 saying a lot has changed since then.

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The CS said there has been monumental development in the sector since the last policy was formulated and there was need to capture the changes especially in mobile telephone services in the new law.

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“The convergence that is happening especially in the use of mobile money is significant. It is important to focus on the mobile where most of the services are happening, “he said.

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Mucheru said Konza is going to be significant in providing the infrastructure necessary for ICT growth in the country.

He added that the infrastructure will also enable the government to provide efficient services online in order create transformation in all sectors.

“We are going to register every citizen biometrically together with the Ministry of Interior in order to provide them with a medical cover,” said Mucheru.

Senator Moi said ICT is the future of the country due to its ability to create jobs.

The Konza Technocity is envisioned to create 17,000 jobs on completion and contribute 2 per cent of GDP to the national economy.

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The first office building block is set to be completed in December while the road network within the city is under construction.

Ksh 40 billion will be used for development of the city in the next three years.

Kenya Advanced Institute of Technology will be among the first institutions to be established at the city in order to spearhead research and development in the knowledge economy.

The institution is being supported by the government of South Korea.

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