Gov’t to source for locally developed software solutions

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The government will source for locally developed software solutions directly from innovators after setting up a white box testing lab.

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The white box will be used to test applicable solutions for agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and affordable housing.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said incorporating ICT in the Big Four Agenda will help speed up the process as well as grow the local tech industry.

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Uptake of locally made ICT solutions by state agencies has been minimal due to complexity in procurement and the required high standards.

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Despite innovators showcasing various solutions that address, healthcare needs, food security, manufacturing and others, it has been easier for government agencies to buy technologies from international companies with costs running into billions of shillings.

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Mucheru says white-box testing will ensure the state has access to high standard software.Already the state is seeking to centralize sourcing of government ICT hardware.

Mucheru says local solutions will play a big part in reducing the cost of realizing the Big 4 agenda which is projected at about KES 7 trillion.

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This comes on the backdrop of regulatory challenges with new technological innovations.

Mucheru similarly defends the Computer and Cybercrime Act as not infringing  on freedom of expression.

The 10th Connected Kenya Summit is scheduled to take place in Nairobi in October attracting at least 1,500 delegates.

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