Information and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru Wednesday launched the BlockChain Task Force at Teleposta Towers, Nairobi.
Blockchain is a technology that allows digital information to be distributed but not copied. It is a digital ledger of records arranged in portions of data called blocks.
By storing blocks of information that are identical across its network, the blockchain cannot be controlled by any single entity or have a single point of failure.
The task force is that will be chaired by former ICT Permanent Secretary Dr Bitange Ndemo is expected to give its first report in three months time after the publishing of its launch in the Gazette Notice.
Members of the BlockChain Task Force
- Dr Bitange Ndemo – Chairman
- Juliana Rotich – Technology and Industry
- Stephen Chege – Legal and Regulatory, and Scale
- John Gitau-Networking and Cloud Services
- Mahmoud Mohammed Noor – Networking and Community
- Charity Wayua PHD- Research and Ease of Doing Business
- Elizabeth Ondula – Technology and Research in Blockchain
- John Walubengo – Technology, Education and Industry
- Lesley Mbogo – Technology and E-Commerce
- Fred Michuki – Global Finance, Scale
- 11. Michael Onyango – Tecnology, Devolution, Community and Policy
While launching the task force CS Mucheru said E_ Commerce is so real in our day to day lives noting that most of the sectors in government are going to be digitized.
“E_ Commerce is so real in our day to day lives,” CS Mucheru adding that, “the task force is expected to give its first report in months time.”
He noted that the task force is only going to advice the government on the way forward on the BlockChain but not will not issue regulations.
The Task force is going to give a 15 year old road map but break it in 5 years block.
ICT CS Mucheru advised people to be cautious when venturing into new technologies.
“I expect the task force to provide a clear road map, ” CS Mucheru.
The CS noted that as a country we need to establish deep global links with partner countries and in particular China,US, Korea, Japan,Singapore, and continue to fully participate in Smart Africa.
He said the government of Kenya seeks to raise the share of manufacturing sector form 9% to 15% of the GDP by 2022, expand food production and supply, provide universal health coverage for all Kenyan homes and build 500,000 affordable houses. ICT is a key enabler of this objective.