By Stanley Wabomba
The Belgium Government has committed 2.4 billion shillings to finance the last mile County Connectivity Project that involves connecting County governments to National Government Ministries through the National Fiber Optic Infrastructure.
The financial contract for the project was signed at State House, Nairobi by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belgium Didier Reynders.
The County Connectivity Project which is in its third phase has been ongoing since 2011.
Phase one was completed in 2013 with three years maintenance contract which ended in September this year, while phase two is still ongoing.
Under the first phase of the County Connectivity Project, 28 Counties headquarters were connected to the National Fiber Optic Infrastructure to the ministries in Nairobi.
All the 28 counties are fully functioning and connected to Government Common Core Network with all the sites monitored and supported at the Network Operating Centre at the National Treasury.
The objective of phase three is to increase the number of connected buildings in the country, connect other government buildings within wireless coverage area and add other connecting areas to National Fiber Optic Infrastructure.
This has been supported by Belgium that has committed 2.4 billion shillings to finance the last mile County Connectivity Project.
President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the signing ceremony and lauded the cordial and bilateral relations between the two countries.
Once complete, the County Connectivity Project is expected to enhance government services and ensure accountability of government funds especially through the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).
President Kenyatta says the project would greatly contribute to transparency and accountability especially in the county governments.
He said there is need for Belgium to deepen bilateral relations into multilateral considering the many sectors it supports in the country.
Currently, Belgium supports reforms in the education sector, the modernization of the energy sector and the improvement of public healthcare.